An appetite for home economics literacy: Convergence, megatrends and big ideas
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T he concept of literacy has taken wings in educational literature in recent years. In this paper, an investigation of the emerging folksonomy of home economics evident through the analysis of all refereed papers published in the International Journal of Home Economics is presented. Folksonomy is a vocabulary of tags emerging from the content being analyzed and represents a kind of taxonomy of text around a field. The frequency of textual occurrences and their depiction in a tag cloud is presented for consideration and compared with similar methodology used to analyse other artefacts in research conducted previously by Pendergast (2010). What is evident is that there is a consistently developing folksonomy associated with the field of home economics. What that means is that there is a high degree of predictability about the terms and phrases used by home economics professionals, at least in their officially published international journal. The research also investigated the frequency of terms related to 'literacy' appearing in the texts, revealing that it in fact has a high level of occurrence. The opportunity to further develop the notion of home economics literacy is one that can be launched from this premise.
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