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Children’s social experiences with peers and friends during primary school mealtimes

Baines, E; MacIntyre, H; (2019) Children’s social experiences with peers and friends during primary school mealtimes. Educational Review 10.1080/00131911.2019.1680534. (In press).

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Abstract

Mealtimes have rarely been considered outside a healthy eating agenda yet may be important social contexts for children’s social, emotional and moral development. Little research has examined the social value of time spent in the school lunch room. This study examined the nature of children’s interactions, activities and experiences of mealtimes and their perceptions of the value of social experiences during these times. A total of 316 9-10-year-old pupils (53% girls) from 11 classes in 4 schools completed closed response questionnaires and 16 children were subsequently interviewed to provide detailed information about the nature of their mealtime experiences, interactions and activities with peers and how these relate to feelings about school. Findings indicate that most children enjoy mealtimes because of the opportunity they provide to be with and converse with friends and other peers about the issues that are significant to them. These social occasions overlap with playground life but are distinctive and afford children different social opportunities and activities. The relative freedom offered in these settings make them important sites for peer relations processes and co-construction of peer culture. Findings are discussed in the light of suggestions that mealtimes should be managed for social and educational purposes.

Type: Article
Title: Children’s social experiences with peers and friends during primary school mealtimes
DOI: 10.1080/00131911.2019.1680534
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/00131911.2019.1680534
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: School mealtimes, peer relations, friendships, school liking
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Psychology and Human Development
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10084953
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