2011 Volume 10 Issue 1 Pages 97-115
In an oral survey, Japanese home economics teachers at senior high schools said that the current home economics textbook was awkward to use and difficult for students. Three kinds of discourse analysis revealed the problems with this textbook: 1) the Table of Contents contained many duplications and inconsistencies; the writers of the textbook seemed to conflict with each other and had little interest in the students. 2) Many descriptions in the textbook were ambiguous; the text was unappealing and did not offer any substantial interrogation of the topic, so the textbook did not attract the interest of students or encourage them to study the subject. 3) From a historical point of view, there was no unified policy in the home economics textbook. Revision of the textbook and course of study are proposed.