ERIC Number: ED418255
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
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Observations of Home Economics Education College Graduates during the Last Decade: Pennsylvania and Alabama.
Olson, Susan J.
A project compared the results of two 1989 studies examining the last decade (1978-88) of home economics education college graduates from Pennsylvania and Alabama. Both studies used a mailed questionnaire to graduates. Tincher used a 100 percent sample of Alabama's 401 graduates; Olson used a 50 percent stratified random sample of 728 Pennsylvania graduates. Both studies obtained similar sample sizes of 170 (Tincher) and 184 (Olson), with respective return rates of 57.8 percent and 56.9 percent. Findings showed similarities and differences in the occupational behavior of home economics education graduates. Similarities were as follows: most graduates were from state universities; the majority were married; more than 50% completed coursework beyond the bachelor's; common fields of study for both groups beyond the bachelor's were elementary education, early childhood, administration, guidance and counseling, special education, adult education, and computer education; and most were currently employed. Differences observed in graduates included the following: there were twice as many Pennsylvania graduates; Pennsylvania graduates made $5,000-10,000 more per year; Pennsylvania graduates tended to be older; nearly twice as many Alabama graduates continued their education at the master's degree level, whereas nearly twice as many Pennsylvania graduates continued their education at the doctoral level; and more Alabama graduates were actually teaching home economics. (Appendixes contain 15 references and 4 tables.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers: Alabama; Pennsylvania