Background of Study
Home Economics as an applied science subject; draws knowledge from many other subjects such as Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Economics, Sociology, History, Geography, Psychology, Agriculture, Fine and Applied Arts. It unifies the knowledge drawn and uses it to form its own body of knowledge (Anyakoha, 2007)
Home Economics is the study of activities that relates to the home and the family, it is a field of study that is concerned with improving and strengthening family life, (Olaitan & Agusiobo, 1984). The Nigerian Education Research and Development Council (NERDC) (2007) noted that Home Economics affords students the opportunity of developing manipulative skills thereby improving their dexterity as they tackle problems associated with life and living. Anyakoha (2007) described Home Economics as a field of study that is concerned with improving family life. It does this by finding out the needs of individuals and families, finding ways of meeting these needs, improving the goods and services which families use, preparing people for employment and family life. The Canadian Home Economics Association (CHEA) (1996), agrees with this fact that Home Economics clearly focuses on the individuals and family well being. Home Economics is concerned mostly with foods and nutrition, clothing and textile, home management, consumer education, housing and interior decoration, child development and family living.