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Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)
Elementary School Lunch Programmes: An analysis and a proposal.
Where are our six to twelve year old children at noon? What do they do at lunch? Who is responsible for noontime supervision? What attitudes prevail in the minds of parents, educators and politicians regarding lunchtime supervision? Are the needs of parents, children and educators being recognized? If not, what are the social implications of continued current practices?
The intent of this project has been to examine these questions in relation to social changes resulting from the inclusion of mothers in the work force.
Questionnaire mailings followed by an interview study of educators and other concerned citizens in the Hamilton area, identified legal responsibility for lunchtime child care to be with the school.
Based on the conception of lunchtime as a legal inclusion in the school day and the educational potential this time affords, it is proposed that lunchtime be structured into the school's curriculum in the form of an Educational Lunch Programme.
It is argued that legal custodial responsibility of the school at lunch be recognized as a realistic social expectation. Lunchtime child care, organized as an Educational Lunch Programme, represents a "need" fulfillment of contemporary society.
This paper concludes that continued research and curriculum design decisions are required in the development of the proposed elementary school Educational Lunch Programmes.
Gaasenbeek-Eisen, Nancy Nienke, "Elementary School Lunch Programmes: An Analysis and A Proposal" (1982). Open Access Dissertations and Theses. Paper 5556.
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