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ERIC Number: ED290904
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Dec
The Perceptions and Practices of Home Economics Teacher Educators regarding the Preparation of Pre-Service Teachers for Political Participation.
LeBleu, Lisa; Daniel, Ellen
A study was designed to investigate the perceptions and practices of home economics teacher educators with regard to the preparation of preservice vocational home economics teachers for political participation. The population for the research consisted of 277 home economics teacher educators throughout the United States; 186 usable responses (67 percent) were received from a questionnaire on teacher educator backgrounds, attitudes toward preparing teachers for political participation, and content of such preparation. Findings indicated that 100 percent of the respondents encouraged their students to join professional organizations; 97 percent also urged them to assume active leadership roles. Ninety-four percent of the respondents perceived a need to prepare preservice teachers for political participation, but only 85 percent were currently doing so. The most common types of activities included in teacher preparation for political participation were discussions of current legislation affecting home economics, the role of legislation in vocational education, and the political impact of professional organizations on legislation; and writing letters to legislators or other influential persons. The preparation was integrated into home economics courses, and there were slight differences according to teacher educator characteristics. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Vocational Association (Las Vegas, NV, December 6-10, 1987).