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Food education and diversity of everyday life culture and multiculturalism in Japan and Denmark

Research seminar at the Danish Academy of Home Economic Didactics.

Info about event


Thursday 24 August 2023,  at 10:30 - 15:00


Danish School of Education, Aarhus University, Room A100a, Tuborgvej 164 2400 Copenhagen NV, Denmark.

The seminar takes place in Copenhagen at The Danish School of Education.

Our special guest is Professor Akiko Ueno, Ph.D. Kinjo Gakuin University, Nagoya, Aichi, Japan.

Akiko Ueno will speak about her research in Japan focused on Home Economics Education from grade 5 as a mandatory subject, and on Japanese students who have to take Home Economics classes up to grade 10 or 11. Her research relates both to consumer education, and to the general field of Home Economics Education. She will focus on her special interest in diversity of everyday life and the implementation of multiculturalism in Home Economics Education.

The Academy board members will speak about selected results from an empirical research study “Food Diversity in Home Economics Education from a teacher’s perspective”, that took place as a collaboration between the six Danish teacher training University Colleges and Danish School of Education, Aarhus University (2020-2022). Substantial contributions were made by: PhD fellow Mathias Thorborg and post doc Jacob Christensen, Danish School of Education, Aarhus University; senior lecturer Majbritt Pless, University College Lillebælt; senior lecturer Connie Greffel Frerks, University College South Denmark; senior lecturer Helle Brønnum Carlsen, Copenhagen University College; senior lecturer Merete Vial, VIA University College; senior lecturer Camilla Damsgaard, University College of Northern Denmark & senior lecturer Susanne Tønneskov, University College Sjælland. They will present different parts of the research results and recommendations for Home Economics Education in Denmark.

The research seminar will discuss, provide insights, and share feedback on the Japanese and Danish research results.

On behalf of the board, we invite all to join the seminar. We have no participation fee, but required registration by this link: https://events.au.dk/foodeducationanddiversity


Moderator: Senior lecturer Majbritt Pless, UCL University College

10.30 – 10.40:
Welcome. Professor Karen Wistoft, Ph.D. The Danish School of Education

10.40 – 11.25:
Nurturing empathy in Japanese home economics education by instructing diversity in everyday life culture. Professor Akiko Ueno, Ph.D,. Kinjo Gakuin University, Nagoya, Japan

11.25 – 11.40:
Questions and discussions

11.40 – 12.00:
How the new Danish Teacher Education integrates food diversity in Home Economics. Senior lecturer Merete Vial, VIA University College and Senior lecturer Camilla Damsgaard, University College of Northern Denmark

12.00 – 12.10:
Questions and discussions

12.10 – 13.00:
Lunch (at own expense)

13.00 – 13.20:
From Home Economics to Food Education – knowledge, skills, and responsibility. Senior lecturer Helle Brønnum Carlsen, Ph.D., Copenhagen University College, Denmark

13.20 – 13.30:
Questions and discussions

13.30 – 13.50:
Research on Food diversity in Home Economics Education. Professor Karen Wistoft, Ph.D.,The Danish School of Education

13.50 – 14.00:
Questions and discussions

14.00 – 14.45:
Group discussions facilitated by Senior lecturer Majbritt Pless, UCL University College

14.45 – 15.00:
Summary. Senior lecturer Majbritt Pless, UCL University College