N, Deshmukh S. (1997). A Study of the Exchange of Nutritional Information in Communication Network of village Ghera Mordari in the Socio-Cultural Context of the Community for Developing the Framework of a Nutrition Education Program for the Village Community. Unpublished. Ph.D., Education. University of Poona, Pune.
The objectives of the study were: (1) To identify the cultural schemata of nutrition. (2) To identify the range of interpersonal networks. (3) To identify the flow of nutrition related information. (4) To identify the referential modes that control the exchange of nutrition related information. (5) To analyze structurally the differential communication schemata by means of construction of graph models.
For the study Ghera Mordari was selected for the study.
Interview schedule and participatory observation were used for collecting data.
The study was interdisciplinary of education and anthropology. The three steps and types of investigation used were ethnographic investigation, socio-economic survey and exploration of the interpersonal communication networks.
The content analysis was used for analyzing the data.
The findings of the study were: (1) The village Ghera Mordari was socio-culturally and economically homogeneous as compared to the neighboring villages. (2) The village was affected by scarcity of nutritional resources. (3) The village did not have access to development resources as compared to the neighboring villages. (4) There was a close relationship between the conditions of nutritional improvement and socio-economic backwardness of the village. (5) The entire community could be organized into mobilization groups and diffusion groups for adoption of scientific nutritional information based on the structure of interpersonal communication networks in the village.
Keyword(s): Nutritional Information, Communication Network, Socio-Cultural, Nutrition Education Program, Village Community, Educational Planning and Policy