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SAWAYA, Sandra Maria. Malnutrition and poor academic performance: critical contributions. Estud. av. [online]. 2006, vol.20, n.58, pp. 133-146. ISSN 1806-9592. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0103-40142006000300015.
THIS ARTICLE rises some contributions from psychology to the reflections on malnutrition and low school performance, through an analysis of some statements on the causes and consequences of malnutrition to child development as well as schooling of lower classes children. It analyses the assumptions that low performance at school of a great number of students in Brazil would be explained by the presence of malnutrition, current or previous. It critically discusses the investigative methodologies and analysis which presented questionable conclusions that children who are victims of malnutrition suffer from cognitive and linguistic deficiencies. Finally, it provides survey results, showing the need of reviewing these assumptions, since they continue to guide policies and practices on education and health, rendering impossible the solutions to school problems.
Palavras-chave : Malnutrition and learning; Lower classes; poor educational performance.