ERIC Number: ED205741
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Mar
Dimensions of Home Economics Programs: Seven Case Studies.
Mears, Ruth Anne; And Others
Case studies were selected as one of several approaches to obtaining data for use in determining effectiveness of vocational home economics programs. This monograph includes a package for developing case studies of home economics programs, and analysis of these case studies with implications for future research, in addition to seven case studies of consumer and homemaking programs from seven states. The seven programs selected for the case studies were regarded as effective consumer and homemaking programs that were meeting local needs and legislative mandates. Analysis of data generated by the case studies led to 12 generalizations regarding effective programs. These generalizations include the following ideas: teachers are the key factor in effective programs; effective programs have comprehensive home economics subject matter; students in effective programs have extremely positive feelings toward the program; parents and school administrators have positive views of home economics; students are highly involved in the program; changes in programs are facilitated by teacher education programs; resources, community involvement, and money are helpful but do not make or break effective programs; and program responses to legislative mandates differ according to the needs of the local community and the local school structure of home economics. Five recommendations for future research were made. (KC)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Consumer Education, Evaluation Criteria, Home Economics, Home Economics Skills, Parent Attitudes, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Research Methodology, Secondary Education, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Vocational Education
Division of Occupational and Vocational Studies, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802 ($6.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park. Div. of Occupational and Vocational Studies.