Canteen conversations: study examines social impact of school dining

Posted by pt91 at Mar 01, 2012 12:25 PM |
Educationalists at Leicester are to carry out a study into how food and eating habits can help to shape children’s social skills.
Canteen conversations: study examines social impact of school dining

Courtesy of Samworth Enterprise Academy.

The research will examine the social and behavioural aspects of dining and their potential impact on school attendance and attitudes to learning. The study will centre on pupils at the Samworth Enterprise Academy, in Leicester, which has a focus on food and was designed by architects to have a restaurant at its heart.

Usually, research into food and young people looks at consumption and nutritional values, and the causal effects poor nutrition can have on aspects such as concentration.

Professor Hilary Burgess, Director of Studies at our School of Education, explained that this study will focus on the impact of food-based culture on the life of the school and the pupils who attend. It will observe the social life of the school, how children and young people interact when they are eating and what skills they pick up in doing so.

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