ERIC Number: ED209431
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Oct
Reference Count: 0
A Descriptive Study of Adult Full and Part-Time Home Economics Teachers in Florida with Implications for Inservice Education.
Crabtree, Myrna P.; Baum, Rosemere
A study was conducted to gather data that would provide a descriptive profile of educational, employment, and experiential backgrounds of full-time and part-time adult home economics teachers in Florida, with the intent of using the findings to design inservice activities to promote professional teacher development and more relevant programs for the adults being served. The study was conducted in two parts: first, a survey to provide a descriptive profile of home economics teachers of adults; and second, the use of the Delphi technique to identify and set priorities of specific needs of adults to be met through home economics programs, as perceived by the teachers. The 339 full- and part-time home economics teachers of adults in the six most densely populated counties in Florida were the population for the first part of the survey, while the sample for the Delphi component consisted of 70 selected home economics teachers of adults. The data revealed that the average home economics teacher of adults in Florida is a white, married female, 46 years of age or older, and born in the United States. She has three children between the ages of 18 and 24, has a bachelor's degree, and is vocationally certified. She is a full-time teacher who has worked with adults for 10 years or less and has had employment other than as a teacher, and has minimal professional organization affiliation. The teachers identified a number of topics they would be willing to teach with additional inservice preparation. Using the Delphi technique, the selected teachers identified 10 perceived needs of adults. It was recommended that the findings of the study be used in designing teacher inservice education. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the National Adult Education Conference (Anaheim, CA, October 30, 1981).