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Trends Affecting Families & Home Economics

As Naisbitt and Aburdene point out, "since World War II the number of working women has increased 200 percent" (9:217) Moreover, the issues that working women and women who work exclusively as homemakers have become complicated by discoveries in the social as well as physical sciences. As Hertzler puts it,

Throughout our history, home economics professionals in food

and nutrition have been concerned with quality of family

life as evidenced by the issues studied, the programs

delivered, and the population served (e.g., parents, teens

children, elderly). Emphasis on quality of life around 1900

was on the physical side of food in home life; this has

evolved to include social and psychological qualities as

Although an evolution of values and priorities can be traced from the beginning of the century to the current period, certain cultural constants can also be traced, which have implications for the homeeconomics discipline. For example, as Cetron and Gayle note, the onset of computers has changed the shape of classrooms in rapid order, so that future changes in the educational system will be obvious. "C


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