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Matens betydelse för hälsa: Studier av meningserbjudanden i hem- och konsumentkunskap
Uppsala universitet, Institutionen för pedagogik, didaktik och utbildningsstudier.ORCID iD: 0009-0009-8995-3038
2020 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The overall aim of this thesis analyzes and discusses the importance of food for health as educational content in Home Economics (HE). More specifically, the educational content of food and health is examined through analysis of meanings expressed in syllabi and in teachers' talk.  This thesis shows different constructions of the educational content regarding the importance of food for health. Furthermore this thesis highlights and problematizes that there are different views on what this content includes, as well as the relationship between facts and values in this educational content.

Two research questions have guided this investigation:

This thesis focuses on the importance of food for health as educational content in Home Economics (HE). More specifically, the educational content of food and health is examined through analysis of meanings expressed in syllabi and in teachers' talk.

  • What meanings concerning the importance of food for health are constructed in syllabi of home economics 1962-2011?
  • What meanings concerning food in relation to health are constructed in teachers' talk about teaching?

The two research questions are addressed in three studies: one syllabi text study (paper I) and two studies where the empirical data is constructed through six focus group interviews including 27 participating teachers (paper II and III). The thesis has a theoretical basis in curriculum studies, and the didactical questions serve as part of an analytical approach. Furthermore, a discursive approach to analyze meaning making is used. The findings show that the educational content of food in relation to health is constructed in different ways. There is more than one way to develop a healthy lifestyle according to the educational content of HE. Moreover, the result shows challenges in education of food in relation to health concerning the multi-dimensional content and concerning the values and normativity in what should be included when teaching about healthy lifestyles. These challenges are discussed in term of the large number of values that are linked to the choice of food consumption. Lastly, the dissertation illuminates the importance of continuing to theorize about teachers’ views of educational content and discussing teachers’ awareness of their own epistemic perspectives when teaching.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis , 2020. , p. 95
Keywords [en]
Food, Health, Home Economics, Discourse, Educational Content
National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
Curriculum Studies
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:gih:diva-7954ISBN: 978-91-513-0983-5 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:gih-7954DiVA, id: diva2:1813315
Public defence
2020-09-18, Eva Netzelius sal, Blåsenhus, Von Kraemers Allé 1, 13:15 (Swedish)
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Available from: 2023-11-20 Created: 2023-11-20 Last updated: 2023-11-21Bibliographically approved
List of papers
1. From nutrients to wellbeing identifying discourses of food in relation to health in syllabi
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2018 (English)In: Pedagogy, Culture & Society, ISSN 1468-1366, E-ISSN 1747-5104, Vol. 26, no 1, p. 35-49Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Food and health have long had dominant position within the subject of Home Economics (HE) in Sweden. However, what constitutes a proper diet, and how it is associated with a healthy lifestyle changes over time. In this article, a discourse analytic approach combined with a didactic perspective are used as the theoretical frame. The aim is to explore how food in relation to health has been constructed within the syllabus of HE. Six HE syllabi from 1962 to 2011 were analysed. From the results three different discourses were identified and named after their main areas of focus: (i) the medical discourse, (ii) the consumer discourse and (iii) the human ecological discourse. Each discourse represents a different way of constructing food in relation to health, and different representations have dominated over the past fifty years. The construction of food in relation to health is thereby seen in its historical and cultural context according to what this knowledge content includes or excludes.

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Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:gih:diva-7959 (URN)10.1080/14681366.2017.1345974 (DOI)000432912100003 ()
Available from: 2017-10-02 Created: 2023-11-20 Last updated: 2023-11-21
2. What is the educational content of food and health?
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2020 (English)In: International Journal of Home Economics, E-ISSN 1999-561X, Vol. 13, no 1, p. 82-95Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Objective: The aim is to analyze and discuss Home Economics teachers’ educational choices regarding the educational content food and health.

Method: A discourse analytic approach combined with a didactic perspective is used in the study. Data was collected from focus group discussions with Home Economics teachers.

Results: Four discourses were identified, representing different ways of constructing food and health. The various discourses point to different educational configurations.

Conclusion: We have shown different discourses and educational configurations concerning food and health. Each discourse is a constructed view of how to develop students’ awareness of the relationship between food and health. Further, we discuss that teacher’s actions, through their different choices, of a certain particular educational content instead of other alternatives can have consequences for students’ potential learning outcome in terms of meaning making.

Keywords
food, health, discourse, home economics, educational content
National Category
Didactics
Research subject
Curriculum Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:gih:diva-7956 (URN)
Available from: 2020-08-02 Created: 2023-11-20 Last updated: 2023-11-21
3. Food Literacy: Matens betydelse för hälsa som undervisningsinnehåll
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Food Literacy: Matens betydelse för hälsa som undervisningsinnehåll
2022 (Swedish)In: Utbildning och Lärande / Education and Learning, ISSN 2001-4554, Vol. 16, no 2, p. 51-69Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of the present article is to analyse and discuss how teachers speak about goals and content of food literacy in teaching about food and health in Home Economics (HE). More specific, what different constructions of food literacy can be identified in teachers' talk about the drive and content of teaching food and health? Six focus group discussions were held in four different cities with a total of 27 HE teachers. Different visions of scientific literacy are used as a framework to analyse and discuss food literacy in education. Three different categories were identified, including different visions regarding students’ opportunities to develop awareness of how food influences health. Food literacy in HE includes disciplinary learning of specific knowledge and skills. Teaching HE is a multidisciplinary task, in which a number of disciplines are involved. The article examines what each vision refers to and what overarching purpose is expected to motivate a student to learn and to develop in a specific direction. Each vision therefore provides altered constructions of educational orientation in terms of meaning-making

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Falun: Högskolan Dalarna, 2022
Keywords
Health, food, Food Literacy, Scientific Literacy, Education
National Category
Educational Sciences
Research subject
Social Sciences/Humanities
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:gih:diva-7952 (URN)
Available from: 2023-11-20 Created: 2023-11-20 Last updated: 2023-11-21

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