Developing Food Sense as the Aim for Food Education (2017)
The project analyzes the emergence of food sense in the process of everyday cooking in the home. The study re-utilizes autoethnographic video data collected by Kaisa Torkkeli in her doctoral research (2015 and 2016), thus promoting effective and sustainable use of research materials. The study is executed by post-doctoral researcher Kristiina Janhonen from the Finnish Youth Research Society, and in collaboration with doctoral researcher Torkkeli and professor of food culture Johanna Mäkelä from the University of Helsinki, Faculty of Educational Sciences. Essentially, the study develops empirically the novel concept food sense coined by Janhonen and her colleagues as the aim for food education (Janhonen, Mäkelä, Palojoki 2015; 2016; Janhonen, Mäkelä, Kauppinen, Palojoki, 2016). The project builds upon the notion that in order to be able to effectively organize teaching in the formal education setting, we must understand how food practices take place and potentially change in the everyday lives of children and their families. The interdisciplinary framework of the research draws from three scientific disciplines: education, sociology and home economics science. The implications of the study will be summarized as a revised and refined definition of the concept food sense.
Key words: Food sense; Everyday life; Cooking; Family; Home; Video data
Funding: Elli Suninen and Rachel Troberg Foundation
Researchers: post-doctoral researcher Kristiina Janhonen, the Finnish Youth Research Society in collaboration with doctoral researcher Kaisa Torkkeli and professor of food culture Johanna Mäkelä, University of Helsinki, Faculty of Educational Sciences.