ERIC Number: ED085544
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Jun
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Evaluation of Homemaking and Consumer Education Programs for Low-Income Adults. Final Report.
Nelson, Helen Y.; Jacoby, Gertrude P.
In evaluating Federally-funded adult consumer-homemaking education programs in New York, ten programs were selected. A sample of participants was drawn through a process of random, unannounced visits. Evaluation techniques included interviews, systematic observation, ratings, and recording critical incidents. Several instruments were created for use in the study including the Consumer-Homemaking Descriptive Rating Scale and the Participant Interview Schedule. Results included these: significant gains were made by individual programs in all areas with most progress registered in clothing/textiles, in foods/nutrition and in relationships; those who persisted in the program were found to be less-educated, older, and of lower income; most participants came "to learn," were satisfied with the congenial atmosphere and opportunity to meet and be with others, endorsed the program as worthwhile, and trusted the teachers; little difference was found in comparing experienced and inexperienced paraprofessionals; teachers were found to understand the feelings and problems of the participants; and programs seemed to be reaching those for whom they were intended. Recommendations were made. (A 30-item bibliography is listed; appendixes presenting measures used in the study comprise half the report.) (SC)
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Sponsor: New York State Education Dept., Albany. Bureau of Occupational Education Research.; New York State Education Dept., Albany. Bureau of Home Economics Education.
Authoring Institution: State Univ. of New York, Ithaca. Coll. of Human Ecology at Cornell Univ.
Identifiers - Location: New York