Teaching taste

Karen Wistoft, Lars Qvortrup

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A new food education paradigm has emerged: Food is not prepared according to general nutrition rules, but according to personal taste dispositions. Thus, taste is the purpose of and reason for food education, and the ambition is the enable students to make reasoned food decisions.
A fundamental educational question is: How and why do we teach taste? In this paper, we present a didactic taste system, answering the questions of how and why to develop students’ taste competencies and taste authority? The answers are informed by systems theory.
In a so-called ‘post-truth’ political era not only is evidence shunted. Also, emotions are exploited. Therefore, the aim to educate students’ taste competencies and authority is an important pedagogical and political issue.
Translated title of the contributionSmagens didaktik
Original languageEnglish
Place of publicationIllinois, USA
PublisherCommon Ground Research Networks
Number of pages114
ISBN (Print)978-1-86335-162-1 , 978-1-86335-163-8
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-86335-164-5
Publication statusPublished - 10 Oct 2019
SeriesFood studies


  • Teaching taste
  • Childrens' cookbooks
  • Taste dimensions
  • Taste didatics
  • Taste competence
  • Taste authority
  • Didaktik
  • Madkundskab
  • TASTE Didactics - Food and Critical Thinking

    Wistoft, K. (PI), Danneskiold-Samsøe, I. (Participant) & Skovmand-Larsen, M. (Participant)


    Project: Research

  • Madmæssig mangfoldighed i Madkundskab

    Wistoft, K. (PI), Pless, M. (PI), Frerks, C. G. (PI), Hansen, S. T. (PI), Damsgård, C. (PI), Vial, M. (PI) & Carlsen, H. B. (PI)


    Project: Research

  • SfL 2.0: Smag for Livet - med smagen som brobygger

    Wistoft, K. (Project manager), Mouritsen, O. G. (Project manager), Hedegaard, L.-L. (Project manager), Sørensen, S. (Project manager), Schneider, M. (Project coordinator), Christensen, J. (Participant), Stovgaard, M. (Participant), Thrane, C. (Participant) & Brahe, T. (Participant)


    Project: Research

  • TASTE Didactics

    Wistoft, K. (Organizer)

    20 Sept 202321 Sept 2023

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in or organisation of workshop, seminar or course

  • Food Studies 2022

    Wistoft, K. (Participant)

    23 Oct 202224 Oct 2022

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in or organisation af a conference

  • Food Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal (Journal)

    Wistoft, K. (Editor) & Qvortrup, L. (Editor)

    15 Jan 20229 Dec 2022

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditor of Research journalResearch

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