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Didactics of Danish Children's Cookbooks – a Historical Review

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Introduction: Since the first Danish children's cookbook was published in 1847, cooking has been taught to Danish children through cookbooks. The objective of this paper is to present a historical based didactic analysis of Danish children's cookbooks, and to present a new Danish children cookbook MY Cookery [MIT Kokkeri] (2014, 2018). MY Cookery is a result of collaboration between educators, chefs and researchers studies of schoolchildren’s desire for learning and cooking tasty food and meals. Furthermore, MY Cookery is used in teaching Home Economics at most Danish schools.
Methods: Part one draws on a historical source analysis. All Danish children's cookbooks since 1847 are recorded. All children cookbooks published since 1970 [N=435] are reviewed and analyzed didactically in relation to learning goals, upbringing values and taste dimensions. Part two reflects on the current cookbook development reflected in a in a systemic action and didactic perspective.
Findings: The main finding in part one is an account of historical trends in Danish children's cookbooks. Part two focuses on the new cookbook My Cookery. Danish children are very concerned with making their own delicious food. They strive to get the parents out of the kitchen to experiment with their own dishes and recipes and to make sustainable meals. Children’s learning, action and taste competencies have an impact on sustainability practices in Home Economics Education.

Conclusion: For more than 150 years, cooking has been taught to Danish children through cookbooks and different educational values have influenced traditional trends in food and taste education, especially during the latest 45 years. Today children want to take mental and practical ownership to their own, sustainable cooking. Schoolteachers express great recognition of a new innovative children's cookbook and use the book for teaching taste and sustainability in Home Economics Education.
Original languageEnglish
Publication year30 Nov 2019
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 30 Nov 2019
EventInternational Federation for Home Economics World Congress: Home Economics: Soaring Toward Sustainable Development - Atlanta, United States
Duration: 2 Aug 20208 Aug 2020
Conference number: XXIV
https://www.ifhe.org/events/world-congress-2020/

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ConferenceInternational Federation for Home Economics World Congress
NumberXXIV
CountryUnited States
CityAtlanta
Period02/08/202008/08/2020
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