A survey of the factors that cause student satisfaction and dissatisfaction when studying Home Economics at Kenyatta University
Mutiso, Mbithe R.
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The Kenyatta University Home Economics Department has been mostly composed of women both the staff and students until about four years ago when the first male students were admitted. Home Economics" is a broad field of learning integrating the subject matter of several disciplines to form a body of knowledge focused on the problems of the home and family living. It draws upon knowledge from such fields of study as art, bacteriology, biology, chemistry, economics, physics, psychology and sociology. It is concerned with all phases of home life and includes the following subject areas: child development and family relationships; clothing, textiles and related arts; family economics and home management; foods and nutrition and housing and household equir:.rrent".2 At Kenyatta University the Home Economics Department has included a first aid programme in the curriculum. Home Economics is a very practical subject take for example the students who undergo the course at the University. When they graduate they are in a position to teach students. and the community as opportunity arises but more than that one has opportunities to practice what they learnt in their own homes. For example one of the courses taught is home management and as one studies this they cover budgeting as one of the topics. One is therefore able to use the acquired knowledge to manage their finances thus what is learnt is not all theoretical but it can be applied to everyday living situations thus making it practical.