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Engaging Secondary School Students in Food-Related Citizenship: Achievements and Challenges of A Multi-Component Programme
Department of Health and Applied Social Studies, University of the West of England, Bristol, BS161DD, UK
Faculty of Engineering, Design and Mathematics, University of the West of England, Bristol, BS161QY, UK
Department of Applied Sciences, University of the West of England, Bristol, BS161DD, UK
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Received: 1 March 2012; in revised form: 16 April 2012 / Accepted: 16 April 2012 / Published: 21 May 2012
Abstract: Global food security and sustainability, animal welfare, dietary health, and socially just relations of food production have become prominent societal issues. They are of particular concern for young people as their lives progress towards becoming independent consumers and citizens with the capacity to shape food systems of the future. This paper examined the role of the Food for Life Partnership programme in promoting young people’s engagement with food-related citizenship education in secondary schools. The research consisted of a two stage study of 24 English schools. We surveyed experiences and attitudes of students and staff, and recorded programme activities. The results presented a mixed picture. Staff reports and monitoring evidence showed much successful implementation of programme activities across the whole school. However, there was less evidence of positive student behavioral change. Amongst a range of possibilities to account for the findings, one explanation is the organizational challenges of delivering a complex and ambitious programme in the secondary school setting. This suggests the need to develop food citizenship programmes that combine long term institutional reforms alongside focused interventions with specific groups of students. It also highlights the case for ensuring a place for food related citizenship on the educational policy agenda.
Keywords: food; citizenship; sustainability; environmental education; schools; young people
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Jones, M.; Dailami, N.; Weitkamp, E.; Kimberlee, R.; Salmon, D.; Orme, J. Engaging Secondary School Students in Food-Related Citizenship: Achievements and Challenges of A Multi-Component Programme. Educ. Sci. 2012, 2, 77-90.
Jones M, Dailami N, Weitkamp E, Kimberlee R, Salmon D, Orme J. Engaging Secondary School Students in Food-Related Citizenship: Achievements and Challenges of A Multi-Component Programme. Education Sciences. 2012; 2(2):77-90.
Jones, Mat; Dailami, Narges; Weitkamp, Emma; Kimberlee, Richard; Salmon, Debra; Orme, Judy. 2012. "Engaging Secondary School Students in Food-Related Citizenship: Achievements and Challenges of A Multi-Component Programme." Educ. Sci. 2, no. 2: 77-90.