Date of Award
Action Research Project
Master of Arts in Education
Montessori Early Childhood
This action research project sought to determine the effects implementing food prep activities in the Montessori primary classroom (ages 2.5-6) had on children’s willingness to try new food. Before the food prep activities were implemented, parent questionnaires and student conferences were used to better understand the children’s food preferences. During the intervention, tally sheets and observation forms were used to track student participation and their reactions to the foods. After the intervention, additional parent questionnaires were distributed and student conferences were conducted to determine current food preferences of the four foods that were included in the food prep activities. The results indicate that engagement and participation in food prep and cooking lessons increased children’s willingness to try new food. Future research is needed to determine if implementing similar strategies in the home will support children’s willingness to try new food
Stahl, Alyssa, "The Effect of Engaging in Food Prep on Willingness to Try New Food" (2018). Masters of Arts in Education Action Research Papers. 252.