ERIC Number: ED087689
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973
Reference Count: N/A
An Exercise in Realism: Contemporary Family Life. Profiles of Promise 17.
The high school football coach at Parkrose Senior High School explains his involvement as one of two teachers of a Contemporary Family Life course as an attempt to give students an opportunity to develop an understanding of the problems generated by marriage. One of several elective mini-courses offered to all seniors who have completed a required general economics course in the Modern Problems Curriculum, popularity of Contemporary Family Life has steadily risen in the two years it has been offered. Students first appraise their social and psychological readiness for marriage by taking a series of tests. They then pair off and go through a simulated marriage ceremony. During the rest of the course, the "married couples" complete a series of assignments that involve problems concerned with job hunting, housing, budgeting, food buying, car payments, insurance, family planning, and divorce. Students are assigned textbook reading in addition to being provided with a bibliography and a school library reading list, but community resource people provide the basis of the classroom learning process. All assignments are detailed in a course-required notebook, kept by and graded for each couple jointly. (Author/KSM)
Descriptors: Community Resources, Consumer Education, Course Descriptions, Course Objectives, Educational Innovation, Family Life Education, Grade 12, Home Management, Interpersonal Relationship, Marriage, Minicourses, Money Management, Problem Solving, Resource Materials, Social Studies
Social Science Education Consortium, 855 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80302 ($1.00, 1 copy of 30 issues; $20.00, 5 copies of 30 issues)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Social Science Education Consortium, Inc., Boulder, CO.; ERIC Clearinghouse for Social Studies/Social Science Education, Boulder, CO.
Identifiers - Location: Oregon