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The Purpose of the Home Economics Teacher-Training Curriculum

by Frederick G. Bonser 1923

The curriculum of any course of training and instruction is determined by the specific purposes to be accomplished.1 The purpose definitely before us is that of preparing teachers to teach home economics. If this term represented a. single and simple body of skills and related information to make these skills intelligent, the problem of the curriculum would not be difficult. But home economics is a very broad and inclusive term. We can make no headway without first analyzing the total content of the field into its more important elements. Not only do we find that the breadth of content of the field is great, but we also find that there are two distinct but closely related kinds of purposes to be served, one which we call a general education purpose, the other a vocational education purpose. While the material used in realizing both purposes is the same in many respects, the basis of both selection and method may be different. The broad range of the field and the two types of purposes thus make the problem of the curriculum particularly difficult.

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 24 Number 1, 1923, p. 37-48
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 6038, Date Accessed: 9/22/2018 7:54:14 AM

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