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ERIC Number: ED178774
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
Male Enrollment in Secondary Home Economics Programs in Pennsylvania Public Schools. Final Report, July 1, 1978, to June 30, 1979.
Lamason, Carolyn Starner
A study was conducted to (1) describe male enrollment in secondary home economics programs, (2) compile data on the home economics teachers and departments, and (3) gain insight into factors the school superintendents saw as having the most effect on male enrollment in the public secondary schools in Pennsylvania. Data were collected through mailed questionnaires, which were received from 301 school districts. It was found that the percent of males enrolled in home economics in Pennsylvania (23%) was very close to male enrollment in home economics at the national level. Youth-related activities within the home economics department involved only four percent of the male students. Distribution of teachers by school districts indicated that nearly half of the districts had two teachers per department and every teacher in the study was female. Scheduling and course offerings, the enjoyment of food, peer pressure, personal interest in home economics subject areas, and our changing society were the five most frequent responses to the question pertaining to the one factor the superintendents saw as having the most effect on male enrollment. (Author/LRA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Pennsylvania State Dept. of Education, Harrisburg. Bureau of Vocational and Technical Education.
Authoring Institution: Hood Coll., Frederick, MD.