ERIC Number: ED253730
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Student and Teacher Perceptions of Consumer and Homemaking Tasks Needed and Taught.
Daniel, Ellen; Stewart, Barbara L.
A study examined student and teacher perceptions of consumer and homemaking tasks needed and taught in secondary home economics classes in order to determine if any significant differences existed among the perceptions of male students, female students, and teachers. Of the 12,242 surveys that were mailed to Louisiana high school graduates of 1978-1982 who had taken home economics, 1,442 were returned. Of these, 1,309 surveys were completed by females and 121 by males. Of the 503 home economics teachers who received questionnaires, 357 completed and returned usable surveys. Analysis of both groups of completed questionnaires revealed that the students and teachers registered a high degree of similarity in both the tasks that they perceived as needing to be taught and the tasks they perceived as actually having been taught. Generally, those tasks perceived as being most needed--making responsible decisions, repairing or altering clothing, making a home more energy efficient, storing food properly, and preparing nutritious meals--were also perceived as being among the skills taught most frequently. Implications were drawn for minor curriculum revisions. (The survey instrument is appended, and 17 tables of data are included in this report.) (MN)
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Consumer Education, Educational Needs, Graduate Surveys, High School Graduates, High School Students, Home Economics Skills, Homemaking Skills, Influences, Needs Assessment, Occupational Home Economics, Program Content, Questionnaires, Secondary Education, Sex Differences, State Surveys, Student Attitudes, Tables (Data), Teacher Attitudes
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Louisiana State Dept. of Education, Baton Rouge.
Authoring Institution: University of Southwestern Louisiana, Lafayette.