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Essential nutrition and food systems components for school curricula; views from experts in Iran

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Background: This study aimed to investigate food experts' views on important nutrition and food systems knowledge issues for education purposes at schools in Iran. Methods: In 2012, semi-structured, face-to-face or telephone interviews were conducted with twenty-eight acknowledged Iranian experts in food and nutrition fields. Participants were selected from four major provinces in Iran (Te-hran, Isfahan, Fars and Gilan). Open-ended interview questions were used to identify nutrition and food systems knowledge issues, which experts considered as important to be included in school education programs. Qualitative interviews were analyzed thematically using NVivo. Results: A framework of knowledge that would assist Iranian students and school-leavers to make informed decisions in food-related areas was developed, comprising five major clusters and several sub-clusters. Major knowledge clusters included nutrition basics; food production; every day food-related practices; prevalent nutritional health problems in Iran and improvement of students' ethical attitudes in the food domain. Conclusion: These findings provide a guide to curriculum developers and policy makers to assess current education curricula in order to optimize students' knowledge of nutrition and food systems.

Publication Date


  • 2017

Citation


  • Sadegholvad, S., Yeatman, H., Omidvar, N., Parrish, A. & Worsley, F. (2017). Essential nutrition and food systems components for school curricula; views from experts in Iran. Iranian Journal of Public Health, 46 (7), 938-947.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85021274441

Number Of Pages


  • 9

Start Page


  • 938

End Page


  • 947

Volume


  • 46

Issue


  • 7

Place Of Publication


  • Iran, Islamic Republic of

Abstract


  • Background: This study aimed to investigate food experts' views on important nutrition and food systems knowledge issues for education purposes at schools in Iran. Methods: In 2012, semi-structured, face-to-face or telephone interviews were conducted with twenty-eight acknowledged Iranian experts in food and nutrition fields. Participants were selected from four major provinces in Iran (Te-hran, Isfahan, Fars and Gilan). Open-ended interview questions were used to identify nutrition and food systems knowledge issues, which experts considered as important to be included in school education programs. Qualitative interviews were analyzed thematically using NVivo. Results: A framework of knowledge that would assist Iranian students and school-leavers to make informed decisions in food-related areas was developed, comprising five major clusters and several sub-clusters. Major knowledge clusters included nutrition basics; food production; every day food-related practices; prevalent nutritional health problems in Iran and improvement of students' ethical attitudes in the food domain. Conclusion: These findings provide a guide to curriculum developers and policy makers to assess current education curricula in order to optimize students' knowledge of nutrition and food systems.

Publication Date


  • 2017

Citation


  • Sadegholvad, S., Yeatman, H., Omidvar, N., Parrish, A. & Worsley, F. (2017). Essential nutrition and food systems components for school curricula; views from experts in Iran. Iranian Journal of Public Health, 46 (7), 938-947.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85021274441

Number Of Pages


  • 9

Start Page


  • 938

End Page


  • 947

Volume


  • 46

Issue


  • 7

Place Of Publication


  • Iran, Islamic Republic of