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Today, Family Studies is classified as a social science. Family studies comprises 13 of the 19 social science courses offered at the secondary level. Even though Family Studies has been an important part of our history, it has become an optional course for students.
Physical, social, and cultural factors affecting family life were explored in the Family Studies classroom. Topics such as eating disorders, body image, safety, child abuse and neglect, parental disharmony, power struggles, sexuality, dating/marital violence, teen pregnancy, cohabitation, custody, remarriage, aging, and death became prevalent sources of discussion.
In 1987, Family Studies was defined as "the social science of people's relationships".
At the secondary level, Family Studies courses were began to be offered at the basic, general and advanced levels. Food and Clothing was offered in Grade 9 or 10, while Parenting, Housing, and Economics in the Family were electives offered in Grade 11 or 12. Families in Canadian Society was offered in OAC.
The name and content of the "Home Economics" course changed to better reflect the changing times in Ontario. Now called "Family Studies", an emphasis was placed on understanding and maintaining relationships, as well as focusing in on the decision-making process within relationships.
More women began to leave the home and enter the paid work force. Divorce rates began to increase, introducing different types of families into mainstream society. The curriculum began to change in response to the changing ideals of the family. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HzSg8hGtEb4&feature=channel
In order to fulfill their future roles as homemakers and mothers, women underwent vocational training in "Home Economics". Women were taught proper methods of cooking, sewing, hygeine, food preservation, laundering, dressmaking, sanitation and safety.
The Ontario Minister of Education added Hoodless to his payroll, in order to have her inform women about the Domestic Science program. During this time, she wrote and released a book entitled "Domestic Science".