ERIC Number: ED373167
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Aug
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Home Economics Teachers: An Important Element for Transforming Middle Level Education.
Jackman, Diane H.; Beaton, Joan E.
A study identified the needs expressed by home economics teachers regarding middle-level education to provide a baseline from which to work toward development and implementation of a middle school home economics curriculum in North Dakota. A review of the literature isolated specific characteristics generally accepted as unique to developmentally appropriate middle-level education. These characteristics were categorized into three groups: school organization, instructional format, and teacher competencies. A survey using a Likert scale was developed and completed by all home economics teachers attending a statewide conference (over 90% of all home economics teachers in the state). Findings indicated that home economics teachers in North Dakota agreed with many of the recommendations of middle-level educators. They responded positively to all survey items with most favorable responses identifying a clear understanding of the specific developmental needs of young adolescents followed by a general consensus of the appropriateness of various recommended teaching processes. Home economics teachers would require minimal inservice training in middle-school philosophy. Although results showed that teachers had a strong basic understanding of middle-level education, inservice training could be provided to update them on current research as it relates to the restructuring of education to meet the growing needs of young adolescents and alert them to models for middle-level education. (Contains 24 references.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Information Analyses
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: North Dakota