Date of Award
Master of Science
Theses & dissertations (Interdisciplinary)
Ruth E. Litchfield
This research used qualitative and quantitative research methods to evaluate a new nutrition education curriculum and factors influencing implementation. Qualitative evaluation used structured observations of program participants and educators to examine theory based learning strategies (open-ended questions, visual aids, experiential learning activities) used by educators during curriculum lessons and focus groups to examine experiences and behavior change among program graduates. Quantitative evaluation assessed participant behavior change during an old curriculum (2005 and 2006) and a new curriculum (2007) using pre- and post-program 24-hour dietary recalls and food behavior surveys. Examination of participant, educator, and program characteristics determined factors influencing behavior change. Results suggest success of program graduates regardless of curriculum used, but identify several factors that influence the behavior change of participants. It is important for those who work with nutrition education programs to recognize these factors and control for them in order to maximize participant behavior change.
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Justine Renee Hoover
Hoover, Justine Renee, "Evaluation of the Iowa Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program and Food Stamp Nutrition Education" (2007). Retrospective Theses and Dissertations. 14665.