Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department / School

Home Economics


Homemaking education is no longer “cooking sand sewing” but is a program directed toward the goal of helping students to become happy, responsible family members. From this goal stems the family centered approach to teaching. It relates the curriculum to the realities of family living by using family life situations for learning experiences. The teacher is no longer the authority on material to be learned. To develop the family centered program, parents and students are cooperating with teachers in curriculum planning. A Guide for Developing a Homemaking Curriculum in Junior and Senior High Schools of South Dakota, published in 1950, is being used generally to guide program planning. Preparation for revision of the 1950 curriculum guide was begun at South Dakota State College during the Fall quarter of 1956. As a member of a class in evaluation in home economics, the writer helped to prepare a questionnaire and letter which were sent to all of the homemaking teachers in South Dakota. With this instrument the teachers evaluated the 1950 guide and indicated the need for revision. It was the purpose of this study to provide background material which might be useful in homemaking curriculum revision in South Dakota. The writer hoped to determine whether or not parents and students value the same factors emphasized by educators as current trends in homemaking. It also seemed desirable to obtain information about family membership, home responsibilities, physical characteristics of homes, family activities and sources of spending money of the students. It was thought that an indication of needs of students might be found in this information. The writer also felt that the opinions of teachers regarding the curriculum guide would provide worthwhile information for the study.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Home economics -- Study and teaching -- South Dakota


Includes bibliographical references (pages 48-50)



Number of Pages



South Dakota State University


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