An evaluation of the effectiveness of a nutrition education workshop for home economics teachers Public Deposited

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  • The effectiveness of a three-hour nutrition education workshop for home economics teachers given in 18 locations in Oregon was evaluated based on responses from 138 teachers. Changes in knowledge of and attitude toward four nutrition topics (fast foods, vegetarianism, weight control, and food exchanges) were measured using questionnaires completed at the beginning of the workshop, at the end of the workshop, and one month later. Teacher background, teacher reaction to the workshop, and incorporation of workshop material into the classroom were also assessed. Statistically significant positive changes were found in both knowledge and attitude immediately after the workshop. These changes were retained to a significant degree one month later in all areas of knowledge but for only two areas of attitude (fast foods and food exchanges). Change in knowledge was not found to be related to the number of years employed, the academic degree, the length of time since a college nutrition course had been taken, the teacher's source of recent nutrition information or previous workshop attendance. Most of the teachers (88-99%) found the workshop useful, the right length of time, and at a convenient hour. Over half (51%) of the teachers who returned the final questionnaire indicated they had used workshop material in their classroom within the month following the workshop. Similar results were found when responses from 76 non-home economics teachers, who also attended the workshop, were analyzed for changes in knowledge and attitude.
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