ERIC Number: ED192939
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: N/A
Training Home Economists for Rural Development. Report of a Global Study on the Development of Criteria for Establishing Training Institutions for Home Economics Staff in Rural Development. FAO Economic and Social Development Paper 6.
Cornell Univ., Ithaca, NY.
In 1973 a global study aimed toward the development of criteria for establishing institutions for training home economists for rural development programs was initiated by the Home Economics and Social Programmes Services of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the U.N. As a first step, a survey was developed on the variety of roles appropriate to both intermediate and higher level rural home economists, the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to perform these roles successfully, and suggested criteria for setting up effective training programs. Questionnaires covering these 3 areas were sent to men and women working in different areas and at different levels of rural development in some 100 countries. Although the 375 returned responses varied according to region, overall, there was strong agreement on the major importance or lack of importance of certain criteria items at each level. For example, home economists with intermediate level preparation, considered knowledge of motivation, management of human and non-human resources available to families, and nutrition and food most important. The intermediate training level skills perceived as important included interpersonal communication, using a variety of teaching techniques, and interesting others in home economics. This document gives the results of the survey and discusses responses and comments made by respondents from the African, Far East, Latin American and Near East Regions. (DS)
Descriptors: Attitudes, Change Agents, Competence, Criteria, Developing Nations, Home Economics Education, Needs, Program Development, Role Perception, Rural Development, Skills, Surveys, Training Objectives
UNIPUB, 345 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10010 ($6.75).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, Rome (Italy).
Authoring Institution: Cornell Univ., Ithaca, NY.
Identifiers: Africa; Asia; Home Economists; Latin America