Home Economics education prepares students for personal and family life across the life span as they manage the challenges of living and working in a diverse, global society. The program focus is on families, work, and their interrelationships. Home Economics education prepares students for family life, work life, and career by providing opportunities to develop the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors needed for:
Strengthening the well being of individuals across the life span.
Becoming responsible citizens and leaders in family, community, and work settings.
Managing resources to meet the material needs of individuals and families
Balancing personal, home, family, and work lives.
Using critical and creative thinking skills to address problems in diverse family, community, and work environments.
Successful life management, employment, and career development.
Functioning effectively as providers and consumers of goods and services.
Obtaining entry level positions in home economics careers and other related careers.
Appreciating human worth and accepting responsibility for one's actions and success in family and work live.
Preparation for Parenting (1/2 unit of credit)
This course is designed to provide individuals opportunities to develop knowledge and skills in preparation to function effectively in the role of parent or care giver. Content stresses parental responsibilities, child guidance techniques, parents as positive role models, parents as their children's first teacher, and parenting practices which promote a child's development, health, safety, and wellbeing.
Nutrition and Food Science (1/2 unit of credit)
This technical laboratory course concentrates on nutrition, food choices, and food management skills for individuals and the family throughout the life cycle. Instruction addresses nutrition and food science from the perspective of food habits and wellness, menu planning, special dietary needs, food costs and budgeting, consumer food-buying strategies, food safety and sanitation procedures, food labels, technology implications, and food handling, storage, and preparation practices. Meal etiquette, career options, and techniques for managing multiple family, community, and wage-earner roles are part of the content.
Personal and Family Development (1 unit of credit)
This comprehensive laboratory course is designed to address a broad range of knowledge and skills related to personal development and management, promotion of strong families, and preparation for adult roles. Content includes a focus on interpersonal skills; decision-making; promotion of family strengths, and well being; developing positive relationships with peers; child development and care; and clothing selection and maintenance. Other studies address nutrition and dietary practices; food selection and preparation; budgeting and consumer-buying practices; and management of family housing needs. Influences of societal and technological changes, career options, and the management of multiple family, community, and wage-earner roles are included.
Leadership development is an integral part of the home economics curriculum. In Texas, Future Homemakers of America, Inc. is an organization designed for students enrolled or who have been enrolled in home economics courses. As a part of the home economics curriculum, Future Community Career and Leaders of America, Inc. promotes personal growth and leadership development. Emphases is placed on the multiple roles of family member, wage earner, and community leader. Students develop skills through character development, creative and critical thinking, interpersonal communication, practical knowledge, and vocational preparation.
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