Nutrition knowledge of educators in primary schools in Makhuthamaga Municipality in Limpopo Province

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dc.contributor.advisor Mabapa, N. S.
dc.contributor.advisor Mbhenyane, X. G.
dc.contributor.author Magoai, Matlou Martina
dc.date 2019
dc.date.accessioned 2019-10-08T09:06:08Z
dc.date.available 2019-10-08T09:06:08Z
dc.date.issued 2019-09-20
dc.identifier.citation Magoai, Matlou Martina (2019) Nutrition knowledge of educators in primary schools in Makhuthamaga Municipality in Limpopo Province, University of Venda, South Africa.<http://hdl.handle.net/11602/1435>.
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11602/1435
dc.description MSCPNT en_US
dc.description Department of Nutrition
dc.description.abstract Introduction: Nutrition education is the change process whereby beliefs, attitudes, environmental influences, and understanding about food lead to nutrition practices that are scientifically sound, practical, and consistent with individual needs and available resources Design and Methods: The purpose of this study was to assess the nutrition knowledge of educators in Makhuduthamaga municipality, Limpopo Province. Quantitative, descriptive, and exploratory research was conducted to determine the factors that influence the nutrition knowledge of educators and explore the relationship between factors and nutrition knowledge. The simple random sampling technique was employed to select 200 educators in grades 4, 5, and 6. Data collection was done using structured questionnaires. The data was analysed using the statistical package for social science (SPSS), version 21. Results and Discussion: Of the educators who participated in the study, 66.5% were female, and 33.5% were males. Almost all (94%) of the educators were trained at a college and had teaching experience of between 21-30 years. Most of the educators (60.5%) had a diploma, while 0.5% had a master’s degree. Almost one third of educators indicated that children should eat three (3) times during the day, and 32% identified the important meals as breakfast, lunch, and supper. Most (36.5%) failed to give reasons why children should not skip meals. In terms of basic food and nutrition, majority of the educators (75%, 67%, 56%, and 55.5%) responded correctly on the importance of carbohydrates, fat, vegetables, and fruits, respectively. Only a quarter (26%) knew the importance of protein, while 75.5% knew that protein forms part of a balanced diet. Most of the educators knew the rich sources of vitamin A and fibre but did not know the rich sources of iron, iodine, and vitamin C. There was no significant difference between the level of education and nutrition knowledge (p= 0.129), and between training institution and nutrition knowledge (p= 0.534). Conclusion: The need to train educators on nutrition was one of the main recommendations that emanated from many research projects. Most educators mentioned that training and level of education were of the factors that affected their nutrition knowledge. Nutrition knowledge is becoming increasingly important in food choices and in this study educators acknowledged that training affected their nutrition knowledge. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship NRF en_US
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (xii, 109 leaves : color illustrations)
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights University of Venda
dc.subject Nutrition en_US
dc.subject Education en_US
dc.subject Beliefs en_US
dc.subject Attitudes en_US
dc.subject Educators en_US
dc.subject Primary schools en_US
dc.subject.ddc 371.7160968259
dc.subject.lcsh Children -- Nutrition -- Psychological aspects
dc.subject.lcsh Education -- South Africa -- Limpopo
dc.subject.lcsh Education. Primary -- South Africa -- Limpopo
dc.subject.lcsh Food supply -- South Africa -- Limpopo
dc.subject.lcsh Nutrition -- South Africa -- Limpopo
dc.subject.lcsh Nutrition -- Evaluation
dc.title Nutrition knowledge of educators in primary schools in Makhuthamaga Municipality in Limpopo Province en_US
dc.type Dissertation en_US

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