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Food hygiene education in UK primary schools: a nation-wide survey of teachers' views

Bielby, G, Egan, B, Eves, A, Lumbers, M, Raats, M and Adams, M (2006) Food hygiene education in UK primary schools: a nation-wide survey of teachers' views British Food Journal, 108 (9). pp. 721-731.

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Purpose - The purpose of this research is to show how a nation-wide survey of teachers investigated the teaching of food hygiene in primary schools. The survey determined which information sources were known and used by those responsible for teaching food hygiene. Design/methodology/approach - Postal questionnaires were distributed to 3,806 primary schools throughout the UK (response rate 23 per cent). The questionnaire was developed based on the results of in-depth interviews with school teachers and included topics such as where teachers gained up-to-date food hygiene messages, methods used to teach food hygiene, and how key food hygiene messages are reinforced. Teachers cited most preferred resources for teaching food hygiene, influences on the choice of these resources, and limitations on use. Findings - Overall, the results indicated that food hygiene is taught in a number of subject areas, with handwashing and personal hygiene being the principal topics. Teachers use a combination of methods to teach food hygiene and to reinforce food safety messages. The principal limitations of teaching this topic were identified as a lack of suitable space and curriculum time Teachers across the UK also identified new resources that would support the teaching of food hygiene. Originality/value - The study identified how primary school teachers deliver food hygiene messages through the curriculum, daily routines and whole school initiatives. Ways in which primary school teachers could be supported when delivering food hygiene education have been suggested.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Surrey research (other units)
Authors :
Bielby, G
Egan, B
Date : 2006
DOI : 10.1108/00070700610688368
Uncontrolled Keywords : food controls surveys primary schools teaching teachers BEHAVIOR HOME
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 16 May 2017 14:46
Last Modified : 24 Jan 2020 13:19

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