WEEK FOUR: MAKING HOUSING DECISIONS
MODULE OBJECTIVES (based on National Standards for Family & Consumer Sciences, 2008-2018 for Housing & Interior Design):
- Evaluate client's needs, goals, and resources in creating design plans for housing and residential and commercial interiors (11.6).
- Assess financial resources needed to improve interior space (11.6.1).
- Assess client's community, family, and financial resources needed to achieve housing and interior design goals (11.6.2).
- Assess a variety of available resources for housing and interior design, including ergonomic and anthropometric data (11.6.3).
- Critique design plans to address client's needs, goals and resources (11.6.4).
- Justify design solutions relative to client needs, including diversity and cultural needs, and the design process (11.6.5).
WEEK FOUR TASKS.
Read: Chapters 3: Using Decision-Making Skills (pages 82-92) and 4: Choosing a Place to Live (pages 98-122) in Housing and Interior Design (2011).
For each module (weeks 3-11) students will be required to complete design activities and/or assessments (see sample activities in the next column) that could be used in a secondary classroom as an example. The completed assessments are included in a curriculum portfolio showcasing the pre-service teacher's mastery of the content and ability to apply the concepts he/she is expected to teach.
A. Career Opportunity 1: You are a real estate agent who often works with first-time home buyers. Design a questionnaire you could use to learn what features buyers are looking for in a home.
B. Housing Costs: Consult the “homes for sale” ads in a location of your choice. Compare the prices of three homes in different regions of the area you are looking at. Where are the prices generally highest? Where are they lowest? What might account for these differences?
TASK 3: DESIGN CHALLENGE
Each week, students are required to complete a design challenge that focuses on the application of the content covered in the readings presented in the textbook. Students are expected to present their best work and compile a curriculum portfolio that showcases their abilities in Housing & Interior Design content. For week four, students are challenged to identify housing options that would be appropriate for a family with specific needs and wants. The final product includes floor plans of different options and choosing the best option with a justification and explanation.