ERIC Number: ED206916
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
The National Census Study of Secondary Vocational Consumer and Homemaking Programs. A Final Report.
Hughes, Ruth P.; And Others
The study described in this report was designed to provide a description of vocational home economics programs in public high schools across the United States, identifying what home economics concepts are being taught to which learners and in what courses such teaching occurred in 1978-1979. On the questionnaire used in the study, 20 topics considered essential by home economics educators were listed for each of the six subject matter areas included in vocational consumer and homemaking programs. Teachers in the 1147 participating schools were asked to indicate in which courses offered in their school each topic was included, providing data on subject matter as well as courses offered. Student enrollment data also was collected. Of the 120 topics considered essential, only 8 percent of nine topics were included in less than 800 of the schools. Forty-nine topics or 41 percent were included in from 800 to 1000 of the schools. More than 1000 schools included each of the remaining 62 topics (or 52 percent). By subject matter areas, food and nutrition topics were included most frequently, followed in descending order by the topics in family relations, clothing and textiles, child development/parenting, consumer education and management, and housing/home furnishing/equipment. From these data, it was determined that vocational consumer and homemaking programs in high schools in the U.S. already include the content deemed necessary. Minor adjustments in the program were recommended to provide critical home economics content for greater numbers of student. (KC)
Descriptors: Child Development, Clothing Instruction, Consumer Education, Curriculum, Enrollment, Family Life Education, Females, High Schools, Home Economics, Home Economics Skills, Home Furnishings, Home Management, Housing, Males, National Surveys, Nutrition Instruction, Occupational Home Economics, Parenthood Education, Program Content, Program Improvement, Textiles Instruction, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Iowa State Univ. Research Foundation, Inc., Ames.