During compulsory schooling pupils in various subjects familiarize themselves withnutritional content and concepts. Integrating nutrition content in the curriculum of compulsory formal education of children improves their nutritional knowledge. Nutritional education is important because it can affect dietary behavior and help form individual eating habits.
The purpose of the thesis was to identify nutritional concepts that appear in the curricula of compulsory and elective subjects and to analyze textbooks of compulsory and elective subjects, where we find nutritional concepts with a purpose of identifying the conformity of nutritional concepts with the curricula of compulsory and elective subjects in Slovenia. The sample consisted of 6 compulsory courses curricula (Understanding the environmental sciences and engineering, sciences, Housekeeping, Chemistry and Biology), 1 curriculum for the elective subject Modern food preparation and eating, 71 printed textbooks for compulsory and elective subjects, 18 d-textbooks and 3 i-textbooks. Qualitative research methods were used in this thesis. Content analysis of documents was usedto identify nutritional purposes, which included the review of the curricula of compulsory and elective courses and textbooks used in compulsory primary education and are approved by the National Education Institute. Analysis of the textbooksshowed that the nutritional concepts, with regard to the educational period, were upgraded. Authors of textbooks mention and explain additional nutritional concepts, which are not mentioned in the syllabus of each course. The identified concepts show that pupils in primary schools are familiarizedwith the contents that develop nutritional knowledge and skills needed to create healthy eating habits.