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J Nutr Health. 2015 Dec;48(6):558-570. Korean.
Published online December 31, 2015.  https://doi.org/10.4163/jnh.2015.48.6.558
© 2015 The Korean Nutrition Society
The work performance and the factor contributing to the work performance of nutrition teacher & school dieticians
Jang-Il Han
Department of Foodservice Management, College of Hotel & Culinary, Woosong University, Daejeon 34518, Korea.

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Received November 26, 2013; Revised January 16, 2014; Accepted October 30, 2015.

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Abstract

Purpose

The objective of this study is to investigate the work performances and the factors contributing to the work performance of nutrition teachers and school dieticians according to employment status in Daejeon and Chungcheongnamdo.

Methods

A survey was conducted among 415 school dieticians from selected elementary, middle, and high schools in the area. This survey was used for analysis of the general characteristics and the status of working and foodservice environments. The frequency of occurrence was measured using the χ2-test while analysis of differences in work performance of 57 variables grouped according to 12 categories by mean ± SD was performed using student t-test. In addition, a regression analysis was performed to assess the influence of occupational (working and foodservice) environment on work performances.

Results

All 14 environmental factors including general characteristics were different between nutrition teachers and school dieticians. In 12 of 57 variables there were significant differences in work performance between the two groups. When compared using average work performance, 5 domains showed significant difference in work performance between the two groups. These 5 domains were other works (T = 6.050), dietary habit guide (T = 4.789), menu (nutrition) management (T = 3.524), foodservice administration and evaluation (T = 2.757), and production and service management (T = 2.588). Overall, the work performances of nutrition teachers were comparably higher than those of school dietitians. A correlation analysis between occupational (working or foodservice) environments and work performances of the two groups showed that the work performances of nutrition teachers were influenced by the number of employees, number of students, meal frequency a day, annual salary, age, foodservice years of school, and school type.

Conclusion

Meanwhile, the work performances of school dieticians were influenced by the number of students, number of employees, meal frequency a day, work hour, education level, age, school type, and service years as a dietitian.

Keywords: nutrition teacher; school dietitian; work performance

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Table 1
General characteristics of subjects according to an employment status
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Table 2
School foodservice dietitian's working environment according to an employment status
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Table 3
School foodservice dietitian's foodservice environment according of an employment status
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Table 4
Comparison between nutrition teacher and school dietitian's work performances related to food production
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Table 5
Comparison between nutrition teacher and school dietitian's work performances related to sanitation and foodservice administration
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Table 6
Comparison between nutrition teacher and school dietitian's work performances related to nutritional education and counseling
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Table 7
Nutrition teacher and school dietitian's average work performances about 12 work domains
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Table 8
Regression analysis of variables in nutrition teacher's job or foodservice environment & job performance
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Table 9
Regression analysis of variables in school dietitian's job or foodservice environment & job performance
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