A literature review on an ethnographic case study in a UK school: Exploring the Sociology of the Food Environment
AbstractThis literature review provides an insight into some of the key findings from an investigation carried out for a PhD thesis, to explore the impact of the food environment and the potential of the school dining hall (known as the “restaurant”) as a place which may support learning opportunities, specifically learning how to behave appropriately and exercise etiquette in sharing food, at a school that was called the Peartree Academy. A broader focus of the study involved exploring the social and cultural practices that shape the interactions in the school dining hall. This paper is divided into two sections: the ‘History of English School Meal’ and ‘Social Skills Development’. After an introduction to the overall study, the historical context of school meals in the UK is developed, followed by a synthesis of findings from a broad range of literature discussing the school food environment in the context of the school dining hall and highlighting the importance of staff presence and parental participation.
CitationLalli, G A literature review on an ethnographic case study in a UK school: Exploring the Sociology of the Food Environment, The Bridge: Journal of Educational Research-Informed Practice, 2014, 1 (2), pp. 57 – 65
JournalThe Bridge: Journal of Educational Research-Informed Practice
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