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This paper explains the results of a survey of students' ideas about food as a scientific concept. The survey found that high school students in Singapore (n=66) displayed an anthropocentric view of food that was not generally applied across living organisms in heterotrophs (animals) or autotrophs (plants) as a whole. It is also noted that students understood the components of a balanced diet but confused the concepts of nutrients and water, believing the latter to be a food. Students felt that the biological functions of food are for sustenance, satiation, growth, and general well-being. They seemed to hold a simplistic view that anything that is edible is considered a food. (Contains 18 references.) (WRM)

Descriptors: Biochemistry, Biology, Ecology, Food, Foreign Countries, High School Students, High Schools, Misconceptions, Nutrition, Science and Society, Science Education, Scientific Concepts











Author: Lee, Y. J.; Diong, C. H.

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=6088&id=ED438176







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