Orientation on the use of vitamin A in school health: comparision of pedagogical techniques

Compare the efficiency teaching techniques with respect to their ability to motivate children in the assimilation of the importance of foods rich in vitamin A and the consequences of the absence of these nutrients for the organism. A didactic material comprising two pedagogical techniques was drawn up: one was based on a text with literary connotation and the other with theater marionettes. The study was developed by third grade students in an elementary school - Escola Municipal Orlando Paulino da Costa (local governement school) - located in the rural area of Alfenas, Minas Gerais, by applying questionnaires. Results demonstrated that the pedagogical techniques used provided learning of concepts related to vitamin A and that they incentivated the consumption of food products containing this vitamin. No significant differences were detected between the pedagogical techniques (Proportion Comparison Test, with p< 0.05), since they both make the use of the same methodological principles. We conclude that the application of playing methods was a stimulus to nourishing education. Thus, we propose to use these resources in schools so that children can learn health and nourishment issues.

Vitamin A; Hypovitamin A; School health; Education

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