ERIC Number: ED333213
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Impact of Kentucky Consumer and Homemaking Programs on Students.
Miller, Sandra W.
A follow-up study was done of Kentucky seniors who graduated in 1987 and who had taken three or more semesters of consumer and homemaking education (CHE). Telephone interviews were completed for 157 graduates in 51 randomly selected Kentucky high schools. Two somewhat comparable interview schedule forms consisted of questions concerning demographic variables, graduates' real life experiences, and graduates' behavior in relation to three areas of home economics subject matter: foods/nutrition; consumer education/resource development; and parenting/child development. The sample population came from a variety of community, school, and home economics programs. Most were female, Caucasian, and lived at home with parents. Ninety-six percent said they would definitely recommend that a student take home economics in high school. Mean scores were calculated for each content item and subscale. Data showed that graduates were using the information taught in CHE courses. Significant differences among total scores were found for these variables: community size, enrollment in home economics, class rank, where the graduate was living, education/work status, and insurance. Research recommendations included a longitudinal follow-up study, focus on behaviors in other content areas, and comparison with non-CHE students. (Appendixes include correspondence, instruments, and a list of 17 references.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Child Development, Consumer Education, Educational Benefits, Educational Research, Foods Instruction, Graduate Surveys, High Schools, Home Economics, Homemaking Skills, Information Utilization, Interviews, Nutrition Instruction, Parenthood Education, Parenting Skills, Relevance (Education), State Surveys, Use Studies, Users (Information)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Kentucky State Dept. of Education, Frankfort. Office of Vocational Education.
Authoring Institution: Kentucky Univ., Lexington. Div. of Vocational Education.