Evaluation of FOODcamp
Every week, we evaluate on the students’ and teachers’ experience of FOODcamp. We do this to ensure that we live up to the educational goals that we have set for the course. Below, you can read key numbers and results from the evaluation.
After having spent a week at FOODcamp, the students conclude their stay by evaluating the course. With the FOODcamp stay fresh in mind, the students are able to share their X assessment of the many new experiences and knowledge that they bring home with them.
The core themes of FOODcamp are commodities, cooking and meals, as they allow the students to work with the other focus areas of FOODcamp: health, well-being and sustainability. Naturally, the students’ cooking skills are thus evaluated, including their knowledge on and ability to talk about food and seasoning it.
- 85% of the students feel that they have become better at seasoning food when cooking.
- 84% of the students feel that FOODcamp has made them more interested in cooking.
- 75% of the students think that they have become better at talking about cooking.
The students are also allowed to experiment and use their imagination when cooking. This helps them experience the joy of adding their own touch to a dish, and also, they learn that they are more capable that than they thought.
- 87% of the students have experimented with new and different ways to cook at FOODcamp.
- 86% of the students find that they were more capable in terms of kitchen skills than they thought.
Another key part of FOODcamp is that the students learn about sustainability and environmental consideration, for instance in regards to using leftovers and minimizing food waste.
- 83% of the students think that they have become better at using leftovers after FOODcamp.
The objective of FOODcamp is also that the students experience how food and meals bring people together and that what they eat matters to their health, well-being and the unity of the class.
- 87% of the students found that at FOODcamp, they cooperated more with their classmates than usual.
- 83% of the students think that FOODcamp has strengthened the unity of the class.
- 81% of the students feel that they know more about food in relation to health after attending FOODcamp.
The teacher’s evaluation takes place two weeks after the class returns from FOODcamp. At this point, the class is back to their own routines and has had time to feel the difference with the students and work with the concluding tasks of the FOODcamp course. In this way, they are now able to give a combined evaluation of the course as a whole, including all activities before, during and after their stay at FOODcamp.
In the teacher’s evaluation, the teachers are asked to assess the impact of the course on the students in regards to food and meals.
- 100% of the teachers assess that FOODcamp has given their students a broader knowledge of commodities.
- 95% of the teachers assess that the combined FOODcamp course has increased the students’ awareness of the correlation between food and health.
- 87% of the teachers assess that FOODcamp has increased the students’ interest in food and meals in general.
After returning from FOODcamp, the teachers have also had time to assess any potential change in the class’ unity and well-being.
- 99% of the teachers assess that the combined FOODcamp course has affected the general well-being in the class positively.
- 97% of the teachers assess that the combined FOODcamp course has affected the unity of the class positively.
The FOODcamp course is based on a set of fundamental educational goals aiming to challenge the students adequately. These educational goals make up the basis and objectives of the activities and the teachers take active part in making sure that they are reached.
- 99% of the teachers assess that the educational goals of FOODcamp matched the level of the class well.
- 93% of the teachers assess that FOODcamp has given them inspiration for their teaching going forward.
The numbers are based on evaluation results collected in the period 2016 – December 2018.
More than 4000 students and 230 teachers have completed the evaluation.
The evaluation is conducted by Jacob Christensen, Assistant Professor and PhD at the Danish School of Education, Aarhus University.