ERIC Number: ED195683
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: 0
Opinions about Home Visits Held by Teachers of Secondary Home Economics.
Henry, Sarah Tabb
A study described opinions of Kentucky home economic teachers regarding home visits and made recommendations for improving vocational home economics programs in Kentucky. A random sample of 142 home economics teachers employed in Kentucky during the 1975-76 school year completed a questionnaire concerning the value of home visits, constraints to visiting, teacher education for home visitation, reasons for fewer visits, and suggested improvements. Variables considered included length of employment, residency of students(rural, urban, or suburban), and location of the school in an economically depressed county. Over 90 percent of the respondents felt that home visits were valuable and should be continued. Constraints to home visits listed by respondents included interference due to parent and student employment, involvment in other school activities, increased enrollments, and fear of personal safety. While most respondents considered preservice teacher preparation for home visits inadequate, they were divided regarding inservice teacher preparation. Of the demographic variables considered, length of employment and location of the school in an economically deprived area affected opinions concerning the value of visits and constraints to visitation. Recommendations included emphasizing visits related to student organizations, improving teacher education, and devising innovative means of home contacts. (References and survey results are appended.) (MN)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Kentucky State Dept. of Education, Frankfort. Bureau of Vocational Education.
Authoring Institution: Kentucky Univ., Lexington. Coll. of Home Economics.