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An Intensified Workshop On Grooming And Clothing Selection For Student Teachers As An Approach In Homemaking Administration

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The purpose of this study was to determine the effectiveness of the intensified workshop as an approach for homemaking programs. The subjects in the study were 223 student teachers in education at four university and college sites in central California. There were approximately twenty-five subjects in each control and experimental group at each site. The experimental groups received two workshops on grooming and clothing selection. The two workshops for the control groups presented information on resume writing and interview techniques. Four instruments were developed by the researcher for the study. The Grooming and Clothing Selection Living Skills Perceived Competencies Survey I and II, the Grooming and Clothing Selection Rating Schedule, and the "Mock Interview" Rating Schedule were used to assess the effectiveness of the workshops. It was hypothesized that Survey I and II would not reflect a difference in the knowledge and perception levels of the subjects in grooming and clothing selection following participation in the workshops. The third hypothesis indicated that master teachers, college supervisors, school site administrators and the interview panel would not be able to observe a difference in the grooming and clothing selection skills of the two groups. The knowledge and perception test data was analyzed by a two-way analysis of covariance (ANCOVA) and the rating schedules and the interview rating schedules were subjected to a two-way analysis of variance (ANOVA), with alpha set at .05 for each analysis. A Pearson Correlation was also used to assess the relationship between the observation groups. The findings revealed a significant difference in the grooming and clothing selection knowledge and perception levels of the subjects following participation in the workshops, therefore, hypotheses 1and 2 were rejected. Observations to determine if the grooming and clothing selection items covered in the workshops were practiced during student teaching gave conflicting results. The college supervisors and the interview panel found a significant difference in the two groups, thus sections B and D of hypothesis 3 were rejected. The school site administrators found a slight numerical difference by group and by sex, but neither was significantly different statistically, therefore, sections A and C of hypothesis 3 were accepted.

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