ERIC Number: ED328740
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Dec
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Selected Teaching/Learning Practices in Home Economics Curriculum Viewed as Successful in Addressing Social/Family Concerns.
Crabtree, Myrna P.; Baum, Rosemere
A study was conducted to achieve two objectives: (1) identify priority problems/concerns of Florida families as perceived by home economics supervisors and teachers; and (2) determine prevention and intervention strategies viewed as successful in addressing the identified social/family concerns. Thirty-two problems/concerns were identified and categorized as follows: economic support and welfare; family formation; family functioning and stress; and physical and mental health. A sample of 51 rural, suburban, and urban home economics teachers and supervisors ranked the frequency of the problems/concerns in their communities. Student performance standards were evaluated to determine which courses addressed, to some degree, the 10 most prevalent problems. Ten prevention/intervention strategies were identified that have had positive impacts on the identified problems. Fifty Florida home economics teachers of each of 11 home economics courses were surveyed; 319 of the 550 responded. The study found more similarities than differences in the rankings of problems for urban, suburban, and rural communities. Among the differences was that child care ranked first in the urban communities, fourth in the suburban communities, and ninth in the rural communities. Recommendations were made to encourage home economics teachers to plan inservice activities on the priority needs of families. The survey instrument is attached. (KC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Vocational Association (Cincinnati, OH, December 1990).