ERIC Number: ED253694
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Preparation of Undergraduate Home Economics Education Majors for Career Alternatives.
Lambert, Maureen S.; Clayton, Kermeta Kay
This study was conducted (1) to identify the methods used by land-grant institutions to increase the career awareness of home economics majors and (2) to identify the specific minors, options, or emphasis areas that are being implemented at these institutions to increase the career alternatives of home economics education majors. A questionnaire was sent to the head home economics educator at 67 land-grant institutions in the United States, with a return of 82 percent (69 percent usable). The results of the survey indicated that 50 percent of the 1982-83 home economics education majors secured teaching positions following graduation, and 8.2 percent secured positions with the Cooperative Extension Service. Head teacher educators at two-thirds of the institutions reported that their programs were not designed to prepare home economics education majors to enter positions other than teaching and/or the cooperative Education Service. The other third indicated that their programs primarily included preparation for employment in business or community and adult education, and/or gerontology practice. Methods used to inform students of career alternatives were advising, guest speakers, student organizations, career reports, brochures, interviewing home economists, observations, and placement services. The study concluded that students are still attracted to home economics education programs for the primary purpose of being prepared to teach, and that teaching, along with the Cooperative Extension Service, is what the programs are preparing them to do. (KC)
Descriptors: Career Choice, Career Development, Career Education, College Graduates, College Programs, College Role, Employment Opportunities, Employment Projections, Extension Agents, Higher Education, Home Economics Education, Home Economics Teachers, Job Training, Labor Needs, Occupational Information
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the American Vocational Association Convention (New Orleans, LA, December 1984).