How can a home cook in the northern suburbs of Adelaide plan, prepare and serve nutritious and high-quality dinners at home whilst being food savvy, safe and hygienic in the kitchen?
In the northern suburbs of Adelaide there are 4643 one parent families. This contributes to the varying age of home cooks, as it might be children or youth cooking for each other, themselves or families. One parent families could have lower incomes than those of two parent families, meaning they may not be able to afford to feed their families. 66.8% of one parent families with dependent children had an income of less than $800 per week, while only 6.1% had an income of $1,400 or more per week. In contrast, 42.2% of couple families with dependent children had a weekly income of $1,400 or more. Along with this, youth and children may lack the time, the skills, techniques, knowledge and understanding of nutrition, hygiene and safety procedures, thus affecting the quality and nutritional levels of the meal. This is why learning to cook is important. Learning to cook gives a person the skills, techniques and knowledge to prepare dishes within the home kitchen. It is essentially a skill used for survival and over time a cook’s level of knowledge and skills will develop and their confidence will increase to enable the tackling of complex skills, techniques and production of more difficult meals.
Click below to read the full report that I wrote back in 2013 as part of Stage 2 Research Project B, this is the Project Outcome:
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How I would ensure that students develop and adopt safe working practices in practical areas of schools?
Work Health and Safety (WHS) is the responsibility of everyone, this includes the students (Wright, R 2015) and is particularly evident in the setting of a Home Economics kitchen. This is why developing safe work practice in students is essential in these practical areas of schools. Safe work practices not only keep myself as a teacher safe but also the students in my care safe and harm free (Marple, P 2015 &Allwright, L 2015)). The impacts of not having a safe work practice developed in students is detrimental to the safety and wellbeing of all, as there could be physical and mental injury as a result of unsafe practices being employed or even bullying and harassment (Wright, R 2015).
For a safe work practice to be developed students need to be involved and want to adapt the practice themselves. This should be completed using a whole school approach and from the very start of the subject (Commonwealth of Australia, DEWR 2006), so it becomes ingrained in the students and staff and is the norm.
Damien Walker is currently studying a Bachelor of Education, Food and Textiles Technologies at University of South Australia. This is him engaging with readings and questions throughout his teaching journey to gain professional insight and knowledge.