ERIC Number: ED315599
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-May
Reference Count: N/A
A Study of Counselors' Perception of Home Economics Education. Final Report.
Morse, Betty R.; DeBenedetti, Janice
A study examined California secondary public school counselors' perceptions of the value of secondary home economics courses; the degree to which the counselors provided students with information on home economics courses and careers; and the counselors' views as to what extent home economics courses reinforce basic academic skills, prepare students for the world of work, and provide students with life management skills. Questionnaires were mailed to 1,862 schools, and 937 counselors provided usable data. The following are among the findings reported: (1) female counselors perceived the need for home economics at a statistically higher level than did male counselors; (2) counselors who majored in home economics perceived the need for home economics at a statistically higher level than did other counselors; (3) counselors who had majored in home economics rated home economics' ability to reinforce academic skills, provide work skills, and provide life management skills significantly higher than did counselors who had other majors; and (4) although most students in the schools surveyed had opportunity to take home economics courses, only 68 percent of the counselors encourage them to do so because college-bound students have time for only a limited number of electives. Four appendices making up the greater part of the document contain copies of introductory letters to respondents, the questionnaire, a compilation of raw data, tables of statistical data by group, and tables of statistical analysis. (CML)
Descriptors: Basic Skills, Counselor Attitudes, Counselor Characteristics, Counselor Training, Counselors, Daily Living Skills, Employment Potential, Home Economics, Outcomes of Education, Secondary Education
Department of Home Economics, California State University, 1250 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90840 ($.05 per page).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: California State Dept. of Education, Sacramento.
Authoring Institution: California State Univ., Long Beach.
Identifiers - Location: California