Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department / School

Home Economics


A survey of 361 elementary teachers and 285 principals in the state of South Dakota measured attitudes toward nutrition education in the elementary school. Attitudes of elementary teachers toward teaching nutrition were also assessed. Relationships between attitudes, nutrition knowledge and other characteristics were determined. Results are based on the returned responses of 272 teachers and 262 principals. Significant positive correlations were observed between elementary teachers' attitudes toward nutrition education, nutrition knowledge, and their attitudes toward teaching nutrition. Attitude scores of teachers and principals were found to vary significantly with the inclusion of nutrition in school curriculum and favorable perceptions of each other's attitudes toward nutrition education, Respondents' age, community size and college nutrition background did not significantly affect their attitudes toward nutrition education. Overall, elementary teachers' and principals' attitudes toward nutrition education in the elementary school were favorable.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Nutrition -- Study and teaching (Elementary) -- South Dakota
Elementary school teachers -- South Dakota -- Attitudes
Elementary school principals -- South Dakota -- Attitudes



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South Dakota State University