Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Home Economics

First Advisor

Virginia L. Clark


The purpose of this study was to determine if the methods used to place nutrition education materials with elementary teachers affected the use of the materials in the nutrition curriculum. Data were collected in March and April 1988 from a 36 percent random sample of the elementary teachers in South Dakota who received the Food ...Your Choice, 1-6 (FYC) nutrition education materials during the Fall of 1987. Demographic, background and usage information was obtained from a survey instrument designed by the researcher. Instruments were sent to 396 teachers who had participated in one of two different types of in-service training or in a third self-directed study group who served as the control; a total of 312 teachers completed and returned the survey instrument. Analysis of variance and Pearson Product-Moment Correlation technique were used to detect significant relationships between demographic and descriptive variables and the use of the FYC program. The data demonstrated a positive overall effect of in-service training on the use of FYC. Significant relationships were found between in-service training am implementation of program, hours and lessons taught and reported ease of use. No statistical differences were detected between in-service training am school size, grade level, teachers’ nutrition background, or principal's support for nutrition education.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Teachers -- In-service training

Nutrition -- Study and teaching



Number of Pages



South Dakota State University