ERIC Number: ED044520
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Evaluation of Secondary School Programs to Prepare Students for Wage Earning in Health Care Occupations Related to Home Economics. Final Report.
Nelson, Helen Y.; Jacoby, Gertrude P.
To evaluate course effectiveness, determine relationship to selected characteristics of success in the course and on the job, and provide answers to a number of educational questions, 16 occupational home economics classes providing training for dietary aides, nurses aides, and health careers were selected for study. Course effectiveness was measured by three attitude scales, a motivation-for-enrollment questionnaire, and tests of knowledge and comprehension, which were administered at the beginning and end of the course. In addition, each student was interviewed, descriptive rating scales measuring employability were administered, and data were collected from teachers. Data were analyzed to compile an index of student success and to correlate test scores with relevant variables. Variables most often associated with the index were self-concept, academic ability, and attitude toward working with others. Significant positive changes between pretests and posttests were noted in the crucial areas of knowledge, motivation, and personal characteristics contributing heavily to employability. There were gain scores in seven of the 16 classes on the Attitude Toward Work scale. The findings suggest a need for inclusion of sex and consumer education in future home economics occupational education courses. (SB)
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Sponsor: New York State Education Dept., Albany. Bureau of Occupational Education Research.
Authoring Institution: State Univ. of New York, Ithaca. Coll. of Home Economics at Cornell Univ.