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Thesis (M.S.)—University of Nebraska—Lincoln, 1969. Department of Home Economics Education.


Copyright 1969, the author. Used by permission.


This study was specifically concerned with the instructional practices in the clothing area of home economics in Nebraska secondary schools using flexible scheduling.

This investigation attempted to determine teaching practices in the area of clothing in home economics, practices which could help up utilize the maximum potential of each student.Little research has been done in the clothing area and such research, it is felt, will provide useful information not only for teachers in the area of clothing but also for teachers in other areas.

The author posed the following questions to be answered:

  1. What are the teaching practices used in the area of clothing in Nebraska secondary schools using flexible scheduling?

  2. What are the teachers’ beliefs regarding the use of practices?

More specifically the teachers were asked the following questions:

  1. What is the effect on student motivation?

  2. What instructional methods are being used?

  3. What is the course content?

  4. How is the student evaluated?

  5. What facilities and equipment are required?

  6. What do teachers believe to be optimum class size?

The groups for this investigation consisted of all home economics teachers teaching clothing in Nebraska secondary schools (grades 9 through 12) utilizing flexible schedules.The list of schools was obtained from the Nebraska State Department of Education. Schools presently using flexible scheduling in Nebraska are:

Public: Alliance, Gretna, Howells, Omaha Westside, Omaha South, Omaha Burke and Geneva North.

Non-Public: Alliance St. Agnes, Lincoln Pius X, Omaha Archbishop Ryan, Omaha Duchesne, Omaha Notre Dame, and Elgin Pope John.

Advisor: Shirley Kreutz