|Abstract or Summary
- Concern over the low enrollment in homemaking classes
prompted this study of the homemaking program in secondary
schools in Bend, Oregon.
Two questionnaires were constructed to obtain the
opinions and beliefs of ninth, tenth, and eleventh-grade
girls in Bend, Oregon, and their parents about the following:
1. What factors influence girls to enroll or not
enroll in homemaking classes.
2. What factors parents consider in encouraging
their daughters to enroll or not enroll in
3. What girls and their parents believe should be
taught in homemaking classes.
4. What types of homemaking classes and scheduling
of those classes should be offered.
The questionnaires were administered to the girls in
Grade 9, 10, and 11 during a glass period. All girls who
were present that day completed a questionnaire then took
a parent questionnaire home for their parents to fill out.
After the questionnaires were constructed they were
pretested to determine if they would obtain the desired
information. The data from the questionnaires were tabulated and
organized into tables so that it could be analyzed and
evaluated to try to determine ways to improve the program
of homemaking education at the secondary level.
The analysis of the data was organized into three
sections. One deals with the girls' evaluations of homemaking
education in Bend, Oregon; another deals with the
parents' evaluations and the third draws together the similar and contrasting opinions and beliefs of the girls and
In view of the beliefs and attitudes of the girls and
their parents as shown in the study the following suggestions were made as possible next steps toward an improved
homemaking education program in the Bend secondary schools.
1. Include different types of scheduling and different
types of classes in the curriculum.
2. Reevaluate what is now being taught and try to
place more emphasis on the areas of home management
3. Carry out a better public relations program to inform the administration, other faculty, the community and the students in the school of the goals of
the homemaking program.
In light of the findings of the study, trends in education, and trends in high school education in Bend, Oregon,
the writer proposes a new class to be offered on an experimental basis during the fall semester of 1962. The class
would be scheduled to meet two or three times a week and
would be a selected group or eleventh and twelfth-grade
girls who were not planning to take any other homemaking.
The center of emphasis of this class for young women would
be upon development of attitudes, goals, and values to meet
the problems of the changing times and upon the preparation
for being a homemaker as well as a person employed outside