Publication Date

1990

Document Type

Dissertation/Thesis

First Advisor

Winsor, Helen Bruce

Degree Name

M.S. (Master of Science)

Department

Department of Human and Family Resources

LCSH

High school enrollment||Home economics--Study and teaching (Secondary)

Abstract

This study reports perceptions of suburban high school students about home economics. The purpose of this study was to: 1. increase understanding of Vocational Home Economics, and 2. determine target market areas that could impact enrollment in home economics classes. Data were collected from two suburban high school populations in northern Illinois. A questionnaire developed from research by R. M. Perau in 1984, C. U. Ley in 1984, and H. B. Winsor in 1979, was used to survey students in their Social Studies classes. Students responded to items concerning (1) their perceptions of home economics and curriulum, (2) school activities, (3) demographic information, and (4) topics they would like to see taught in home economics classes. Items were analyzed with gender, grade level, student enrollment in home economics classes, parents'/ guardians' enrollment in home economics classes, and after-graduation plans as the independent variables using the Mann-Whitney U Test. To test the relationship of the topics within each of the six subject matter areas of home economics, Chi-Square tests of homogeneity were used. Conclusions reached from this study are that suburban high school students perceive home economics classes as an important component to their educational needs. Home economics managers need to continuously develop marketing strategies directed toward responding to the changing need of their customers by using a proactive approach.

Comments

Includes bibliographical references (pages [50]-51)

Extent

60 pages

Language

eng

Publisher

Northern Illinois University

Rights Statement

In Copyright

Rights Statement 2

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Text

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