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ERIC Number: ED017889
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Feb
Pages: 12
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Reference Count: 0
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AN IDENTIFICATION OF EFFECTIVE METHODS TO EMPLOY IN CONDUCTING AN EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM TO REACH AND TEACH LOW-INCOME YOUNG HOMEMAKERS IN RURAL AREAS. PAPER PRESENTED AT THE NATIONAL SEMINAR ON ADULT EDUCATION RESEARCH (CHICAGO, 1968).
PRIESTER, JEANNE
FOURTEEN NONPROFESSIONAL PROGRAM ASSISTANTS WERE CHOSEN TO CONDUCT THE EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS FOR LOW INCOME HOMEMAKERS IN FIVE ALABAMA COUNTIES, SUPERVISED BY THE COUNTY HOME ECONOMIST. THE STATE ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF INCLUDED A SPECIALIST IN EDUCATIONAL METHODS, AN ASSISTANT SPECIALIST, AND AN ARTIST. DEPRIVED MOTHERS WERE REFERRED BY PUBLIC AGENCIES, SCHOOLS, AND CHURCHES. THE WORKING VISIT, A ONE-TO-ONE TEACHING METHOD IN THE HOMEMAKERS' HOME, TAUGHT BY TELLING, SHOWING, AND REPEATING A SKILL. EACH VISIT WAS DESIGNED TO MEET THE SPECIFIC INTERESTS AND NEEDS OF THE HOMEMAKER AT HER ECONOMIC, EDUCATIONAL, AND SKILL LEVEL. A SECOND METHOD UTILIZED SMALL INFORMAL GROUPS WHICH MET ACCORING TO INDIVIDUAL PLANS AND NEEDS. A LOW-READING-LEVEL NEWSLETTER WAS PUBLISHED MONTHLY FOR USE IN BOTH METHODS. DAILY LOGS WERE KEPT OF EACH HOMEMAKER BY PROGRAM ASSISTANTS. IT WAS FOUND THAT PERSONALIZED INFORMAL LEARNING EXPERIENCES HELPED DEPRIVED YOUNG HOMEMAKERS RAISE THEIR LEVEL OF LIVING, ENCOURAGED MOTHERS AND FAMILIES TO GROW OUT OF THE RELIEF CYCLE, AND RAISED SELF ESTEEM, HOPES, AND ASPIRATIONS. IT WAS EVIDENT THAT IMPROVEMENT IN HOMEMAKER SKILLS RESULTED IN CLEANER HOMES, IMPROVED EATING HABITS, AND BETTER FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS. THE VALUE OF UTILIZING PROGRAM ASSISTANTS WAS ALSO SHOWN. THIS PAPER WAS PRESENTED AT THE NATIONAL SEMINAR ON ADULT EDUCATION RESEARCH, CHICAGO, FEBRUARY 11-13, 1968. (PT)
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Authoring Institution: Auburn Univ., AL. Cooperative Extension Service.
Identifiers: ALABAMA