Food and Education

Using the concept of food and the classroom, students will look at Dewey’s focus on cooking, the kitchenroom and learning and bring those theories into 21st century thinking.

The theory of the Laboratory School was founded on the grand idea that the classroom, in this case, the “kitchenroom”, is a mini-society and the teacher’s goal is to create an environment of enduring lessons that teach students about the world. Dewey and his team taught multiple and varied lessons – from math and science, to social studies and art – all in a kitchen environment. You will experience the kitchenroom as Dewey’s students did.

Cooking as Pedagogy

EDCI 200 Z12 (CRN: 61303 )
3 Credit Hours

The goal of the class is to experience the groundbreaking work of John Dewey’s Chicago 1887 Laboratory School, with particular emphasis on their experiential curriculum of food preparation and consumption. The theory of the Laboratory School was founded on the grand idea that the classroom, in this case, the “kitchenroom”, is a mini-society and the teacher’s goal is to create an environment of enduring lessons that teach students about the world. Dewey and his team taught multiple and varied lessons – from math and science, to social studies and art – all in a kitchen environment. The lessons within this course are designed to create imperceptible divisions between the practical the theoretical and you will experience the kitchenroom as Dewey’s students did.

Dewey and the Kitchen as Classroom

EDCI 200 Z13 (CRN: 61304)
3 Credit Hours

Cooking as Pedagogy: Dewey and the Kitchen as Classroom will cover the theoretical aspects of learning across the disciplines through the lens of food systems and resilience. Using the concept of food and the classroom, we will look at Dewey’s focus on cooking, the kitchenroom and learning and bring those theories into 21st century thinking. We will explore the theoretical aspects of learning in the kitchen through cooking and recipes and apply those to learning across the disciplines using a method that employs repetition of a thread or theme with increased complexity as the learning progresses. This course includes an analysis of food systems and the many ways it impacts culture, communities and health.