Rating 0-3-year-old school dining halls as an indicator of educational quality

This research project is based on the conviction that all the time that children spend at school is educational, and therefore the learning that children develop in a specific space or at a specific moment can be transferred to other situations of their life. Thus, meal times at school are also an educational moment, whether considered as such or not. It is a time of coexistence and a space that goes beyond just meeting their physiological needs; a time when they also develop the highest and purest human activity, which is to think and communicate. We find it hard to think that only classroom situations or those previously planned by the teacher or educator are educational situations. It is from this reality, then, that we consider the need to create materials that enhance the educational quality of such spaces and times as meal times, which may have been disregarded as educational spaces. We intend to contribute to give coherence to the daily educational task at school.

From the thesis ‘Development and validation of a protocol to assess educational quality of nursery dining halls’, defended by Àngels Geis in February 2014 at our university, we have designed other complementary research lines. The project presented here is set in the context of 0-3-year-old school dining halls.

This research project is based on the conviction that all the time that children spend at school is educational, and therefore the learning that children develop in a specific space or at a specific moment can be transferred to other situations of their life. Thus, meal times at school are also an educational moment, whether considered as such or not. It is a time of coexistence and a space that goes beyond just meeting their physiological needs; a time when they also develop the highest and purest human activity, which is to think and communicate. We find it hard to think that only classroom situations or those previously planned by the teacher or educator are educational situations. It is from this reality, then, that we consider the need to create materials that enhance the educational quality of such spaces and times as meal times, which may have been disregarded as educational spaces. We intend to contribute to give coherence to the daily educational task at school.

From the thesis ‘Development and validation of a protocol to assess educational quality of nursery dining halls’, defended by Àngels Geis in February 2014 at our university, we have designed other complementary research lines. The project presented here is set in the context of 0-3-year-old school dining halls.