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Title:A follow-up study of graduates in the Bachelor of Education Home Economics degree programme
Author:Mberengwa, Lois R.ISNI
Year:1996
Periodical:Zimbabwe Journal of Educational Research (ISSN 1013-3445)
Volume:8
Issue:2
Period:July
Pages:78-99
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Zimbabwe
Southern Africa
Subjects:teachers
home economics
graduates
education
higher education
Programme evaluation
Manpower needs
Abstract:Home Economics, covering food and nutrition, clothing and textiles, and family studies, was introduced as part of the Bachelor of Education degree programme at the University of Zimbabwe in 1986. The present article reports on a follow-up survey of former BEd Home Economics students who graduated in 1987, 1988 and 1989. The main objectives of the study were to determine the impact of the BEd Home Economics degree programme on the manpower needs of the Zimbabwe school system, ascertain the nature of problems which students encounter during their training, and identify areas of improvement in the Home Economics course. Questionnaires were mailed to 75 former students. There was a 60 percent response rate. It was found that a good number of the respondents (39 percent) occupied more senior positions within the Ministry of Education, ranging from deputy head to education officer. Only a small number (5 percent) were teaching A-level classes. Aspects of the Home Economics programme that need to be improved include the provision of workshop facilities and other teaching/learning resources, such as textbooks and equipment, staff development for lecturers, restructuring of the content of some courses, and student specialization in a chosen content area. Bibliogr., sum.
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