Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Award Date

1969

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Home Economics

Abstract

This study was primarily concerned with formulating criteria believed to be appropriate for the appraisal of instructional materials for use with educable mentally retarded students in a junior high school home economics class. To be effective instructional materials should exhibit characteristics which are consistent with the appraisal criteria. Consequently, a second part of the study was concerned with the actual appraisal of home economics instructional materials for use with educable mentally retarded students enrolled in a junior high school home economics foods class by applying the criteria formulated. As an instructor of educable mentally retarded girls enrolled in her junior high school home economics foods classes, the writer became concerned with the problem of selecting instructional materials for use with the educable mentally retarded. Instructional materials designed for the so-called normal or average junior high school home economics students were too advanced for the intellectual level of the educable mentally retarded. Although home economics materials designed for the elementary grades were within their reading level, the content was not always related to the chronological ages and social interests of the educable mentally retarded. The majority of the educable mentally retarded girls in the public schools are assigned to a special home economics class or are integrated with regular students in a home economics class and are taught by teachers whose basic area of preparation is home economics. A knowledge of criteria found usable in appraising available instructional materials for use with the educable mentally retarded in home economics classes would be of value to home economics teachers with no or a limited background in special education. The findings of this study may be used to provide a basis for adapting existing home economics instructional materials to more nearly meet the needs and characteristics of the educable mentally retarded. This information could be used also in the development of instructional materials especially designed for such students.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Home economics -- Study and teaching

Format

application/pdf

Number of Pages

137

Publisher

South Dakota State University

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