ERIC Number: ED329729
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Dec
An Examination of the Use of the Writing Process in Home Economics Using Qualitative and Quantitative Methods.
Johnson, Julie M.; And Others
A two-phase study was conducted of home economics teachers' use of writing in secondary programs. In the first phase of the study, quantitative data were collected to compare three populations: (1) 125 home economics teachers who had not participated in university workshops on incorporating writing in the classroom; (2) 129 agriculture teachers who had not participated in the workshops; and (3) 125 home economics teachers who had participated in the workshops. A questionnaire was used to identify the extent to which 60 practices related to writing were used in home economics and agriculture classrooms and the importance of 12 reasons teachers may incorporate writing. Significant differences were found between the practices of home economics teachers who had participated in the writing workshops and agriculture teachers who had not participated in the workshops. The second phase of the study used qualitative data collected using the long interview method from 12 of the home economics teachers who had participated in writing workshops. In the final phase, further qualitative data were collected through second interviews and observation of three home economics teachers in their classrooms. Three dominant themes for the inclusion of the writing process emerged: to use writing as a vehicle for students to learn subject matter and make connections between concepts; to improve a student's self-concept; and to vary the methods of instruction. (Appendix contains 11 transparency masters.) (Author/KC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the American Vocational Association Convention (Cincinnati, OH, December 1990).