TITLE

(Re) Focus on Local Food Systems through Service Learning

AUTHOR(S)
Wadsworth, Laurie A.; Cameron, Colleen; Johnson, Christine; Gaudet, Marla
PUB. DATE
June 2012
SOURCE
Food, Culture & Society;Jun2012, Vol. 15 Issue 2, p315
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Recent nutrition professional discourse has emphasized reintegration of food and society concepts into undergraduate programs currently entrenched in the intricacies of nutritional science. To reintroduce this macro-approach, a community-university partnership was developed to address the strengthening of local food systems to improve community food security Service learning, an experiential pedagogical technique, allowed students to work with a community agency on a community defined problem and emphasized connection of classroom theory to real-world situations. Two courses integrated service learning opportunities for forty-seven students in eighteen projects that developed awareness-building and advocacy tools for community organizations. Evaluation of these course components included written reflections of the experience, shared learnings in classrooms, instructor reflections and community feedback. A thematic analysis organized these data into empowerment domains for community capacity development. Results indicated that service learning and community-university partnerships can be key tools for enabling empowerment of future nutrition professionals, while integrating food systems into courses.
ACCESSION #
75900346

 

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