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Winsor, Helen Bruce

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M.S. (Master of Science)

Legacy Department

Department of Home Economics


Junior high school students--Illinois; Middle schools--Illinois; Home economics--Study and teaching--Illinois


The purpose of this study was to develop, demonstrate, and evaluate a student ability indicator test specifically designed for middle school and junior high level home economics. The test, entitled the Home Economics Basic Skills Indicator, was designed to evaluate a student's understanding of basic clothing construction and foods preparation techniques. Six hundred and two middle school and junior high level students from six Illinois school districts participated in the testing during the fall of 1982. Twenty-five sets of sketches depicting typical clothing construction and foods preparation laboratory experiences provided the multiple choice format of the Home Economics Basic Skills Indicator. Participants responded to oral statements regarding each set of sketches. Analysis of test scores revealed scores split into primarily two categories, very high scores and relatively low scores. These student performance levels indicated that the test identified those students who lacked comprehension of specific concepts in clothing construction and foods preparation techniques, and those students whose comprehension was good in these areas. It was concluded that using the Home Economics Basic Skills Indicator as a pre-test for entry level home economics classes could serve the home economics instructor as a viable tool in evaluating student preparedness for home economics instruction, as well as developing and implementing classroom curriculum that would effectively meet the needs of specific individuals and classes.


Bibliography: pages 36-37.


vii, 68 pages




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