Nutr Res Pract.  2014 Feb;8(1):112-119.

Sensory education program development, application and its therapeutic effect in children

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Food and Nutrition, Hoseo University, 20, Hoseo-ro 79, Asan, Chungnam 336-795, Korea. kimmihye92@hoseo.edu
  • 2Department of Food and Nutrition, Hoseo University, Chungnam 336-795, Korea.

Abstract

There has recently been Increased interest in the emotional intelligence (EQ) of elementary school students, which is recognized as a more important value than IQ (intelligence quotient) for predict of their success in school or later life. However, there are few sensory education programs, available to improve the EQ of elementary school student's in Korea. This study was conducted to develop an educational program that reflects the characteristics and contents of traditional rice culture and verify the effects of those programs on the EQ of children. The program was developed based on the ADDIE (Analysis, Design, Development, Implementation and Evaluation) model and participants were elementary school students in 3rd and 4th grade (n = 120) in Cheonan, Korea. Descriptive statistics and paired t-tests were used. EQ scores pertaining to the basic sense group, culture group, and food group were significantly improved after the sensory educational program(P < 0.05), but no change was observed in the control group. These findings indicate that sensory education contributed to improving elementary school children's Emotional Intelligence (EI) and their actual understanding about Korean traditional rice culture.

Keyword

Sensory education program; children; emotional intelligence; rice kit

MeSH Terms

Child*
Chungcheongnam-do
Education*
Emotional Intelligence
Humans
Korea
Program Development*
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