Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Award Date

1971

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Home Economics

Abstract

Because this home economics teacher had a desire to become involved with the new trends in education, she chose to compare the effectiveness of an independent method and a traditional method of teaching a self-developed, three week consumer education unit to 31 girls in a Home Economics II class at Madison Senior High School, Madison, South Dakota. The effectiveness of each teaching method was to be measured by the change in scores of a pretest and a post test. An attempt was made to place equal numbers of high-, average-, and low-ability students in each group and to compare the relationships between student characteristics and learning by each method. Many educators are asking if students are learning more, less, or the same as a result of this growing emphasis on some of the new trends. Evaluation and research into the changing patterns of education are limited. The study was designed to plan, teach, evaluate, and compare the effectiveness of an independent method and a traditional method of teaching a consumer education unit, entitled Dollars and Sense, to 31 girls in a second year high school home economics class. Six seniors, seven juniors, and eighteen sophomores were involved in the three-week study. The writer had a desire to get into the mainstream of the technological revolution that is taking place in education. Professional readings and current emphasis in curriculum provided for and brought attention to the area of consumer education and independent study.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Consumer education
Home Economics -- Study and teaching

Format

application/pdf

Number of Pages

111

Publisher

South Dakota State University

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