In recent years, Taiwan’s counties and municipal governments and many private organizations have begun to actively promote education in food agriculture ducation in view of the importance of food safety issues, coupled with studies which have also pointed out that human dietary habits and preferences have been established in childhood. The purpose of this study is to understand the current status of the senior students in elementary school in Taichung in promoting the foodagriculture education, and to explore the relationship between the implementation of the course of food agriculture education, the students’ learning experience and the healthy eating behavior.
In order to understand the status of food agriculture education for senior students of elementary schools, the study is based on the senior students of elementary schools in Taichung, and evaluated by the “The Questionnaire of FoodAgriculture Education Curriculum, Students’ Learning Experience and Healthy Eating Behavior for Senior Students of Elementary Schools”. 550 formal questionnaires were distributed, 500 were recovered, and the recovery rate was 91%. After removing invalid questionnaires with incomplete answers, a total of 491 valid questionnaires were available, and the availability rate was approximately 98%.After descriptive statistics, Pearson product correlation analysis, confirmatory factor analysis, and structural equation analysis, the following conclusions were obtained:
1.The senior students of elementary schools in Taichung are quite capable of accepting and willing to learn the four types of curriculum (knowledge learning, agricultural activities, outdoor experience and life experience). Among them, the perception of “outdoor experience” is more profound than other experiences such as "knowledge learning", "agricultural activities", and "life experience".
2.The " Joy", "novelty" and "relaxation" are all quite agreeable to the implementation of the course of foodagriculture education, and the feeling of "novelty" is the most profound for students.
3.Most students agree quite well with the five healthy eating behaviors listed in this study. Among them, the “I will choose to eat the seasonal fruit” has the highest scores. This shows that studentshave the deepest feelings and experiences about “I will choose to eat tthe seasonal fruit” in terms of healthy eating behavior.
4.The " Outdoor Experience" and "life experience" curriculum implementation methods can significantly bring to the students "Joy", "novelty" and "relaxation" of the positive learning experience.
5.The " novelty" and "relaxation" of the two positive learning experiences in the course of foodagriculture education have significant effects on the healthy eating behavior of the students.