ERIC Number: ED050343
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
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Poor But Not Forgotten. An Evaluative Study of the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program in Maryland.
Wang, Virginia Li; Ephross, Paul H.
An evaluative study of the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program in Maryland was made. The study aimed at the assessment of the results of this program currently conducted by the University of Maryland. The object of the program is to influence homemakers to change and improve family nutritional practices. This study focused on the educational tasks of non-professional aides in effecting this change. The general research strategy employed was twofold. First, the direct service recipient, the homemaker (usually of low-income status), and the direct service provider, the aide (often of similar background), were made the primary sources of data. Secondly, this evaluation sought to measure change over time. Visits were made by supervisors to selected sites (three) for study. Three interviewers in each county selected were recruited and hired by the supervising agents. Using a table of random numbers, a 50% random sample was drawn from the population of homemakers being served by the program during December 1969. All data gathering interviews with homemakers took place during January 1970. A coding system was developed, and the data was coded and put on punched cards for sorting purposes. Data obtained directly from homemakers indicates that the program was seen as helpful. The contributions of the aides are what has made the program successful. It is concluded that the program should be continued and expanded. (CK)
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Authoring Institution: Maryland Univ., College Park. Cooperative Extension Service.