Thesis title: “Development of a Source Material in Food Dehydration Craft Technology for the Secondary Schools”
This research study used the available resources on hand to be able to incorporate the technology aspect with the education milieu and as it progressed, data gathered and collated, it was possible to infuse food dehydration in the restructured basic education curriculum for the secondary level first through the teachers of the Makabayan subject. It is through diffusion theory that the basis of integrating food dehydration in the Makabayan learning area has been conceptualized. Therefore, the research’s premise centers on the conditions of the likelihood that an innovative idea may be adopted in a given culture or system such as the Philippines’ secondary school education system And as mentioned, the viability of fabricating a food dehydrator for small scale livelihood can also be taught in the secondary level as an adjunct to the food dehydration subject. This aspect of the research study compliments the central objective of secondary education, that is, to provide young people with opportunities to acquire skills, aptitude, values, knowledge and experience needed to continue their education and be active and productive citizens.
In the secondary analysis of data from the experimental results of the previous prototype unit, simultaneous multiple regressions were used to compare the values that were calculated based on the output measured. In the statistical analysis, discrepancies in the percentage moisture removed were discovered and can be attributed to the conditions and materials of construction of the dehydrator unit, the very factors that influence the outcome of the experiments that were performed.
The research study made use of a simulation program to predict moisture removal from a hypothetical feed of food data from three fruit pieces, namely pineapple, banana and mango based on the weight and temperature within the drying chamber.
A manual outline that can be of use to elementary and secondary school teachers to facilitate the learning paradigm espouse by this research study.
A brief about a systems approach starting a farm or family entity in the food dehydration business and operation.
In the design aspect, a simulated dehydrator design with recommended materials of construction to be used that can adopted and possibly taught in the secondary level of education subject’s Teknolohiya, Edukasyon at Pantahanan to contribute to the basic skills that students can acquire through knowledge and understanding the theories and concepts to be learned.
By: Engr. Mary Rose Florence S. Cobar, Doctor of Philosophy in Education