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Role of the home enonomist in community development

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dc.contributor.author Ferreora FM en
dc.date.accessioned 2016-09-22T07:16:43Z
dc.date.available 2016-09-22T07:16:43Z
dc.date.created 1993 en
dc.date.submitted 1998 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11892/10280
dc.description.abstract The government of the new South Africa has proposed the Reconstruction and Development Programme with a framework embedded in two main ideas: the people themselves should be responsible for their own development and institutions such as government should provide support. Community development is proposed as the process to achieve success in this regard with the help of well-trained extension officers and community development workers. The aim of the study was to determine the role of the home economist in community development in South Africa. The specific objectives were to determine the nature of the role of the community development worker and the role of the home economist in community development in South Africa, as well as whether education and training equip the home economist for a role in community development. The research strategy includes an in-depth study of the literature of both home economics and community development, as well as an empirical interpretation of qualitative and quantitative data obtained via procedures using a semi-structured questionnaire and interview schedules. A data analysis framework was designed by using the system concepts and the theoretical concepts identified from the home economics literature and the model of Du Preez (1981), using the goals and functions of community development to define the role of the community development worker. It may be concluded that home economists do have a role to play in community development in the new South Africa. Home economists support the goals of community development and are equipped for the functions activation, planning. organisation, education, training and research. Throughout the past century in South Africa home economics has proved itself to be a dynamic discipline and profession able to adapt to change. Home economists contributed significantly towards community development in the early part of this century, particularly with regard to relieving poverty in South Africa, and should be able to contribute in contemporary South Africa by using the integrated approach to community development. The integrated approach is currently being used in the new South Africa for reconstruction and development. en
dc.language English en
dc.subject Home economics en
dc.subject Social action and public policy en
dc.title Role of the home enonomist in community development en
dc.type Masters degree en
dc.description.degree MSc (HHK) en


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