Determining the effectiveness of a family nutrition education teacher training curriculum in building knowledge and self-efficacy of program staff
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Publisher:The Ohio State University
Series/Report no.:The Ohio State University. Department of Human Sciences Honors Theses; 2015
Simple Suppers (SS) is a multi-component, 10-lesson nutrition education and food preparation program tailored to low-income families. SS is designed specifically to improve family mealtime routines as a way to increase child diet quality. Program components include: nutrition education; food preparation; and group meal. SS previously underwent multiple iterations of pilot testing for feasibility and will be tested for efficacy in an upcoming randomized controlled trial (RCT) in a faith-based community center. A SS teacher-training curriculum (SS-TTC) was developed in tandem with the main SS curriculum and is aimed at building program-related knowledge and self-efficacy (SE) of SS staff. The objective of the current study was to determine the effectiveness of SS-TTC in building program-related knowledge and SE. SS staff received one day of intensive teacher training prior to program delivery that was tailored to his or her specific role in SS, parent educator (n=6), data collection (n=22) or child educator (n-=20). SS staff were asked to complete a role-specific (parent educator, data collection or child educator) survey evaluating: 1) post-training program knowledge (multiple-choice questions); and 2) pre- to post-training program SE (4-point Likert scale, ‘not at all confident’ to ‘very confident’). The mean score (%) for program-related knowledge was approximately 80% for both parent educator staff and data collection staff. The mean score (%) for program-related knowledge for the child educator staff was approximately 93%. SE increased significantly among the parent educator (p=0.03), data collection (p<0.001) and child educator (p<0.001) staff. Participation in SS-TTC led to an achievement of program-related knowledge and SE. Results from this study provide information that may enhance this and other similar nutrition teacher training programs.
Second Place Poster- Russ Klein Symposium
Academic Major: Human Nutrition
Cardinal Health Foundation