Youth Centres as Foodscapes and Informal Learning Environments in Finland

Eila Kauppinen, Tomi Kiilakoski, Päivi Palojoki

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Although not adequately studied in the research on youth work, food is and has been an integral element of youth centres. This article examines what characterizes youth centres as foodscapes and explores which aspects of youth centres support the food-related learning of young people. We merge the traditions of youth work research, food education and learning. The data of the study consist of two rounds of focus group interviews (N = 14) conducted with young people aged 13 to 17. The data are qualitatively analysed using the five aspects meal model, which was developed to analyse foodscapes. The results of this study suggest that when youth centres, as foodscapes, are based on the active participation of young people and offer them opportunities to have an influence on the activities and work with peers, it is easier for young people to be inspired and learn.

Antal sidor18
Status!!E-pub ahead of print - 25 feb 2021
MoE-publikationstypA1 Tidskriftsartikel-refererad


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