ERIC Number: ED164395
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-May
Reference Count: 0
Consumer Education Needs of Young Adults: A Survey of the Popular Literature 1950-1976 and Two Selected Journals 1967-1976.
Briggs, Nancy Gallagher
This report surveys popular literature on the consumer education needs of young adults. Twenty-one articles (1950-1976) in popular periodicals were examined in order to determine the emphases of educational competencies and the readership of each publication. A change in content was noted from producer-oriented to consumer-oriented awareness, particularly from 1960-1970, a decade of intense concern for consumer welfare. Readership was found to be directed toward teachers and parents, with teachers being the target group almost twice as much. Competencies which the articles emphasized included money management, responsible buying, awareness of frauds, values, product safety, and nutrition. Despite the emphasis on consumer needs in the literature, consumer education programs in the public school curriculum remain an issue. Although programs are in operation, needs still exist in this area. Programs must be revised to meet the expanding scope of consumer awareness. Also, more literature needs to be directed specifically toward young adults. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park. Cooperative Extension Service.