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Intentions of formally qualified and unqualified teachers to transfer norms and values in home economics teaching
Kristianstad University, School of Education and Environment, Avdelningen för Praktisk-estetiska ämnen. Kristianstad University, Research Environment Food and Meals in Everyday Life (MEAL).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0002-661X
2016 (English)In: International Journal of Consumer Studies, ISSN 1470-6423, E-ISSN 1470-6431, Vol. 40, no 3, 268-275 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Historically, home economics in general, and the consumer education sections in particular, have been criticized for transferring norms and values of conservative elites to the masses. This is in stark contrast to contemporary theoretical views of a modern home economics aimed at educating emancipated and critical citizens, and also to modern curricula that emphasize the consequences of consumption rather than dogma. A previous study has indicated that formally unqualified teachers see the transfer of consumption norms and values without support in the curriculum as an important objective of home economics teaching, a practice that is questionable from a democratic perspective. This follow-up study investigates to what extent formally qualified home economics teachers show intentions to transfer consumption norms and values without support in the curriculum to students, by using content analysis of 201 survey responses from Swedish qualified home economics teachers and comparing to data from a previously published study on formally unqualified teachers. It is concluded that the qualified teachers demonstrate intentions to transfer unsupported norms and values, though, to a lower degree than unqualified teachers. The results are interpreted by adopting a values education perspective on home economics. This indicates that the observed emphasis on norms and values could be seen partly as a lack of a proficient professional metalanguage among the teachers, and partly as a consequence of the focus on developing a pre-defined moral of consumption in home economics literature. The implications on how to develop home economics teacher education to reduce norm and value transfer intentions are discussed based on the empirical findings and the theoretical framework. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

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2016. Vol. 40, no 3, 268-275 p.
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Home Economics, Consumer education, Values education, Teacher training, Metalanguage
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hkr:diva-14982DOI: 10.1111/ijcs.12251ISI: 000373907600002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hkr-14982DiVA: diva2:866495
Available from: 2015-11-03 Created: 2015-11-03 Last updated: 2016-05-09Bibliographically approved

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