The past, the present and the preferred future for home economics education in Hong Kong

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Title The past, the present and the preferred future for home economics education in Hong Kong
Author Ma, Ada; Pendergast, Donna Lee
Journal Name International Journal of Consumer Studies
Year Published 2011
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Blackwell Publishing
Abstract The future of home economics is a perennial topic on the agenda of the home economics profession. In various regions around the world, the profession as a whole has been eroded systematically as a result of curriculum reform at the compulsory and post-compulsory levels, with the subsequent loss of higher education programmes, and, ultimately, the loss of dedicated professional home economists. This leaching degradation of home economics has implications for the concomitant loss of the unique curriculum of the subject, including the focus on consumer-related issues. Hong Kong has not been exempted from this pattern, leading to concerns about the capacity of society to engage effectively in consumer and consumer-related issues, and the focus in home economics has been relegated to technology. This paper provides insights into the current positioning of home economics in Hong Kong and the likely outcomes of this loss of a preferred future for the profession.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1470-6431.2011.01027.x
Copyright Statement Copyright 2011 Blackwell Publishing Ltd. This is the pre-peer reviewed version of the following article: The past, the present and the preferred future for home economics educaiton in Hong Kong, International Journal of Consumer Studies Vol. 35(5), 2011, pp. 589-594, which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1470-6431.2011.01027.x.
Volume 35
Issue Number 5
Page from 589
Page to 594
ISSN 1470-6423
Date Accessioned 2011-08-14
Language en_AU
Research Centre Griffith Institute for Educational Research
Faculty Arts, Education and Law
Subject Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/40907
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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