The Challenge of Food Technology in a Multi-cultural School

Lynda Warne
2001, Vol. 6, No. 1,


A small-scale research study was undertaken in a girls' school in Southampton. The purpose of the study was to ascertain why so few girls opt to study food technology at GCSE level in this school. This is a school with a 19% minority ethnic mix. These pupils are from mainly Asian origin (referred to as the majority), but also Iran, Hong Kong and Nigeria (referred to as the minority). By comparison, large numbers of these pupils choose to study textiles at GCSE. The research was based on data collected from Year 9 and Year II pupils at the school during the spring/summer terms in 1999. By asking pupils questions about their views on technology as an option, and their views about the different technologies, an overview was put together. This highlighted the following key areas:parents and their peers heav

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