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Evaluating Women's Homemaking and Volunteer Work Experiences for College Credit

Ekstrom, Ruth B.
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ETS Research Memorandum
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Ability Identification, College Credits, Experiential Learning, Homemaking Skills, Nontraditional Education, Skills, Volunteers, Work Experience


An evaluation of women's homemaking and volunteer work experiences for college credit reviewed the literature to develop rough categories of competencies, interviewed and surveyed women, and identified 14 volunteer work areas and homemaking areas fairly clearly related to topics covered in the curricula of many colleges. Job descriptions involving these 20 competencies were used to develop "I Can" lists to be used as competency assessment tools for colleges and as the core of a workbook for college students, administrators, and counselors. The workbook includes 12 steps for evaluating women's experiential learning from volunteer work and homemaking. An appendix includes "I Can" lists for 1) administrator/manager, 2) manager of home finances, 3) public relations/communicator, and 4) Trainer.

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