ERIC Number: ED185431
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Jul
Reference Count: 0
The Historical Development of the Content of High School-Level Consumer Education: An Examination of Selected Texts, 1938-1978.
Herrmann, Robert O.
A study examined historical changes in the content of consumer education and factors associated with these changes. Analysis was based on key writings on consumer education and an examination of fifteen high school texts published between 1938 and 1978. Only a few topics--budgeting, savings and investment, life insurance, and housing--received extensive coverage in all texts examined. A second group of topics were included in most texts and received extensive coverage when included (food, clothing, autos and transportation, banking services, social insurance, consumer law, and taxes). A third group of topics included in almost all of the texts received coverage varying in adequacy and length (non-profit information services, government regulatory activity, and consumer role in the American economy). Despite recognition of their importance, a fourth group of topics (health, education, recreation, provision of public services, consumer rights and responsibilities, consumer problems, and action to improve consumer protection) received even more variable treatment. Variations in inclusion and treatment of topics often appeared related to different disciplinary perspectives (home economics, social studies, business education). The content of consumer education has only partially responded to social and economic changes and new concerns such as inflation, working wives, product safety, and control of corporate power. (Author/YLB)
Descriptors: Consumer Economics, Consumer Education, Consumer Protection, Content Analysis, Course Content, Educational Change, High Schools, History, Purchasing, Relevance (Education), Textbook Content, Textbook Research, Textbooks
Office of Consumers' Education, U.S. Office of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Rm. 807, Riviere Bldg., Washington, DC 20202 (single copies free).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Historical Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Bureau of Occupational and Adult Education (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC. Office of Consumers' Education.
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