The Educational Institute of Trinidad and Tobago

Home Economics.

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◆DEFINITION OF HOME ECONOMICS
For the purpose of CXC’s syllabuses, Home Economics is defined as a systematic study of the natural and social
phenomena of the home and the family and is aimed at improving the quality of life. It is primarily concerned
with helping individuals to develop attitudes, values, skills and knowledge that will enable them to make a
meaningful contribution to their family life, community and workplace.

◆RATIONALE
Home Economics is an invaluable part of the curriculum which applies knowledge from a variety of subjects,
notably the Natural Sciences, Visual Arts, Social Science and Mathematics, to the management of the
environment, clothing, food and nutrition, shelter, consumerism, and human relationships within the family,
community and the workplace.
Furthermore, Home Economics makes a contribution to the whole curriculum when it is viewed as a design for
successful living, personal development, technical expertise and career opportunities for both boys and girls.
Home Economics also provides the opportunity to utilise modern technology for developing the skills and
capabilities necessary for meeting the demands in the world of work. Home Economics can produce well rounded,
informed citizens.
The main activities of living, are centred around nutrition, clothing and housing for family members and Home
Economics provides opportunities to develop capabilities that could be honed and used as sources of income
through self employment and other avenues in the job market. These basic life skills can be used to optimise
expenditure by performing tasks and producing items, which would otherwise be purchased.
The syllabus also contributes to the development of selected attributes from the CARICOM Ideal Person document as articulated by
the CARICOM Heads of Government. This person is one who demonstrates emotional security with a high level of self-confidence
and self-esteem, is aware of the importance of living in harmony with the environment and nurtures its development in the economic
and entrepreneurial spheres in all other areas of life (CARICOM Education Strategy, 2000).
This holistic development of students aligns with selected competencies advocated in the UNESCO Pillars of learning. These are
learning to be, learning to do, and learning to transform one’s self and society.

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