Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department / School

Home Economics


The objective of this study was to investigate the adult home economics related occupational courses conducted in South Dakota during the 1968-1969 school term. At the time this study was initiated, there were no specific criteria for adult occupational classes in vocational education for South Dakota. Classes were offered for persons who had already entered the labor market and who needed training or retraining to achieve stability or advancement in employment. Class enrollment, length of time for the course, and/or charge per hour depended on the objectives of the class and the type of class offered. Classes could have been conducted within or in addition to the working day of the students enrolled, and the course content could have been designed to develop both manipulative and technical knowledge. On the state level, according to Van Overschelde, state supervisor, Home Economies Service, Division of Vocational and Technical Education, Pierre, South Dakota, personnel have had no way of checking to see whether objectives were developed and accomplished in the adult occupational courses offered on the local levels. An "Application for Approval for Vocational Adult Class," which specified that the course is designed to satisfy an occupational objective, is signed by the local director of adult education and the instructor of the course. When the occupational objectives of courses have been questioned, the directors of adult education have insisted that there are classes to train or retrain for an occupation. In summary, it is the belief of the writer that the foregoing statements substantiate the need to investigate the adult occupational courses which have been previously conducted in the state of South Dakota.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Home Economics -- Study and teaching -- South Dakota



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South Dakota State University