Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)

Department / School



All areas of vocational homemaking are directed toward successful family living. Since homemaking is taught to meet the needs and interests of the girls, an overview of the ever changing socio-economic background is necessary for an effective curriculum. The writer becomes aware of the problem of needs and interests while doing graduate study at South Dakota State College. The basis of several of these course, a thorough study of available State Curriculum Guides, was being used to revise South Dakota’s curriculum guide. The writer felt that a thorough study of the social and economic backgrounds was necessary for a true picture of the needs of South Dakota girls. To aid studies in curriculum revision and to help the professional home economist, the writer conducted this research to bring to the fore some recent data of socio-economic backgrounds of girls in vocational homemaking classes in South Dakota. The objectives of this study were to (1) understand the make-up of families of high school girls and their social, mealtime, and religious practices; (2) gain some knowledge of the kind of homes in which the girls live; and (3) better understand the girl as a member of her family and of society.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Home economics -- Study and teaching
Home economics -- South Dakota


Includes bibliographical references



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South Dakota State University