Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences

Journal of Family (and) Consumer Sciences is a peer-reviewed journal of family and consumer sciences covering research to practice. Founded in 1909, it is a quarterly publication published by the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences.

Articles from Vol. 96, No. 1, January

10th Anniversary of the International Year of the Family
Arkansas FCS Teacher Incorporates Global StudiesThe United Nations is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the International Year of the Family in 2004. This celebration highlights the role of families as a basic social unit and the need to attend to...
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AAFCS 2004 Elections
It's Time To Vote For Your National Officers!The 2004 AAFCS National Ballot goes "live" on JANUARY 20, 2004 and voting will continue until MARCH 19. Your ballot is on the AAFCS Web site; it's easy to use, and it's confidential. Active, associate, new...
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Accreditation Helps to Build Undergrad Program
Capacity building is an important criterion to be considered as a unit pursues or maintains accreditation. To build the capacity of each individual in a unit is to support continuing personal and professional development of students, faculty, staff,...
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An Overview: How FCS Integrates the Core Academics
I can recall, though dimly, the "old" way of edu- cating. Students learned the "Three Rs." Women did their mothers proud by showing off culinary skills and handwork. Guys perfected the "Mr. Fix- it" image. I even spent a couple of years teaching that...
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A Profile of Family and Consumer Sciences Teachers
Middle and secondary public school educators teaching family and consumer sciences (FCS) in a southern state were surveyed to develop a demographic profile and to gather information regarding their satisfaction with the profession and with their way...
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Building Strong Families and Communities: A Critical Science Rationale for FCS
Family and consumer sciences (FCS) education is important to the well-being of individuals, families, and communities, and a rationale helps to justify the existence of these programs. This article suggests a critical science-based perspective for developing...
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Character Education: Students Develop the Kindness Company to Benefit Local Charities
How does one develop a family and consumer sciences (FCS) course that captures a student's imagination, is hands-on, incorporates the standards for core subjects and the national FCS standards, teaches workplace skills, provides experience with the latest...
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Clown Troupe Class Used in Dropout Prevention
Six alternative high school staff members were brainstorming about how to use a Dropout Prevention Grant from the Iowa State Education Department. When I suggested developing a clown troupe, laughter erupted all around the room-until I explained that...
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Creative Design Makes Life Skills Classroom Fun
After giving a test one day, I had my students complete a nutrition word circle puzzle. They told me how much they enjoyed doing that puzzle and how teachers forget that high school students still appreciate those kinds of activities as well as creative...
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Critical Science: What It Could Offer All Family and Consumer Sciences Professionals
This article provides an overview of critical science (a practical application of critical theory), a review of the discipline of family and consumer sciences, and examples of what integration of critical science into the discipline would mean for professional...
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FCS Course on Careers Now a Graduation Requirement
Students are faced with new challenges and ever-changing career opportunities in today's society. Because our high school was located in a rural area of Indiana, we needed a way to acquaint students with career possibilities that existed beyond our local...
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FCS Curriculum Development and the Critical Science Perspective
Determining the extent to which the critical science perspective has been implemented in family and consumer sciences (FCS) secondary programs was explored. An informal survey of state supervisors of FCS programs revealed that the critical science perspective...
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FCS Helps High School Students Explore Teaching as a Career
In Texas, family and consumer sciences (FCS) teachers provide high school students who are interested in teaching or a related career an opportunity to investigate it further through an internship entitled Ready, Set, Teach. Students who apply must have...
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FCS Tackles Shortage of Healthcare Workers in Nebraska
Two Nebraska family and consumer sciences (FCS) teachers accepted a challenge. They stepped out of the box to add a new dimension to the FCS curriculum to support a pilot Health Care Sciences program in their schools.Nebraska, like many states, is facing...
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Financial Literacy Program Prepares Youth for Living on Their Own
Financial literacy is a national, state, and local concern, not to mention a timely issue. At one time, the financial unit of a family and consumer sciences (FCS) curriculum was as simple as looking at budgets and doing checkbook exercises.Today, the...
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Gerontology Unit Touches Local Seniors
Imagine, a 14-year-old student sharing lunch with an 84-year-old senior and then saying: "That was so cool. I never knew how much fun they could be!" This student is experiencing life in new ways in an FCS unit entitled AGE-A Generational Experience....
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Implementing the National Standards in a Local-Autonomy State
Washington is a local-autonomy state; this means curriculum decisions are made within each school district. When decisions are made locally, the state does not dictate content or resources, but may identify appropriate standards for measuring student...
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Leadership and Awards Opportunities Available
There are a number of ways for P/GS members to be recognized for the activities they are involved in. AAFCS P/GS gives four awards every year: Student of the Year, Outstanding Advisor, Affiliate Progress Award, and Affiliate Standard of Excellence Award.You...
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Linking Today with the Past: The History of Clothing
An assigned project in an online history of costume course surprisingly became an informal lesson in family stories/history. The idea for the project was taken from the teachers' supplement for the course (Tortora & Eubank, 1998). Students were asked...
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Math/FCS Class Boosts Test Scores
Integrating mathematics with family and consumer sciences (FCS) has enabled youth to pass the Minnesota 8th Grade Math Basic Skills test. The test focuses on the eight content areas: 1) problem solving with whole numbers and fractions; 2) problem solving...
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National Standards Shape Today's FCS Curriculum
Successful living and working in our diverse global society does not happen by accident. How does one develop the skills to be an informed consumer, a wise entrepreneur, a loving member of a family, a savvy investor? Thanks to national standards introduced...
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No Child Is Left Behind Family and Consumer in the Sciences Classroom
Over the years, family and consumer sciences (FCS) classrooms have provided education for all students-from the gifted and talented to the mentally challenged. The typical classroom environment is warm, inviting, and realistic. Students work together...
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No Child Should Be Left Behind . . . without Life Skills
The Elementary and Secondary Education Act was first enacted in 1965. The latest revision, passed by Congress in 2001 and signed into law by the Bush administration in 2002, is known as the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB).This sweeping federal...
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Principles of Food Science Class Sheds Light on Chemistry
The seeds for the Principles of Food Science class were planted when my daughter commented that she hated science. My husband and I helped her to change her mind through a series of fun food-related experiments. She then wondered why all science classes...
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Put FCCLA into Your FCS Program
Texas adviser Jessica Pool had an "aha!" moment last year. "I had been wracking my brain trying to figure out what to do for FCCLA projects in the classroom," she reported. "Then I got the FCCLA CD-ROM, Get Connected to Families First, Financial Fitness,...
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Rationale for Student Dress Codes: A Review of School Handbooks
Through dress codes, schools establish rules governing student appearance. This study examined stated rationales for dress and appearance codes in secondary school handbooks; 182 handbooks were received. Of ISO handbooks containing a rationale, 117 related...
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Recent Media Attention Provides Golden Opportunities
Sometimes it seems that our name change from home economics to family and consumer sciences has made us invisible, but it also provides the opportunity to explain what our mission is and the approach we use to fulfill it. We all wish we didn't have an...
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Reinventing Our Profession
In the past few months several news stories centered on the need for home economics in high schools have appeared. The reality is-it is already there; however, the name has changed and so has the curriculum. Thank goodness that our profession has been...
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Rumors of Our Demise Remain Exaggerated-But We Must Act Now!
Lately it seems that every newspaper, television, and radio program is beginning to call for "bringing back Home Ec" and the teaching of the critical life skills that today's young people need to become successful adults. Those of you who are dedicated...
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Science and Math on the Cafeteria Menu
I looked forward to teaching Nutrition and Life Management, a curriculum that I designed and one of only a handful in the nation that offered a comprehensive, nutrition program for elementary students. The kindergarten classes loved the puppets and stories...
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STOP the Violence: FCCLA Program Tackles School Issue
Violence in today's schools is all too often a headline in the national news. Whether it is school shootings, fighting, making threats, or bullying, violence has forced school policymakers to take drastic steps to address this issue. Millions of dollars...
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Students Create Real Businesses
How, we wondered, could we link the family and consumer sciences (FCS) classroom to the larger school environment, families, the community, and to students' future workplace? Through the creation of an FCS business, a lively learning opportunity motivated...
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Students Develop New Foods for School Lunch
As a beginning teacher, I was looking for new, innovative family and consumer sciences (FCS) courses that would enhance our curriculum and meet Minnesota state standards. Having a degree in both home economics education and retail marketing management,...
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Teaching Strategies for FCS: Student Achievement in Problem-Based Learning versus Lecture-Based Instruction
This study compared the effectiveness of problem-based learning (PBL) versus lecture-based instruction (LBI) in high school foods and nutrition classes.Two classes were randomly assigned to the PBL group, while the remaining two were assigned to the...
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Teen and Parent Perceptions of a Secondary School Family Course
Adolescent and parent focus groups were conducted to do a needs assessment and discover possible topics for a secondary school family class. Results included identifying teen and parent family-related needs and societal concerns; discovering where teens...
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The Effectiveness of Family and Consumer Sciences Secondary Education Curriculum
This study examined the perceived effectiveness of secondary family and consumer sciences (FCS) curriculum in selected areas of Illinois. The targeted sample consisted of individuals who had completed FCS classes in secondary school between 1983 and...
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Today's FCS Classroom Prepares Youth for Life
Reading. Writing. Math. Science. Decision-making. Problem solving. In family and consumer sciences (FCS) classes? Yes, of course. In conversations with non-teachers about classes taught in FCS, I often hear: "Aren't these classes required for all students?"...
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Views from an Administrator: FCS Must Take Part in the Political Dialogue
As a district-wide public school administrator, I witness changes daily in our public school system. Changes have always occurred and criticism has always been leveled; however today's changes are rapid and the criticism can be strong. As we move to...
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Views from an Administrator: What It Takes to Support FCS in a Cost-Cutting Era
It is imperative that we continue to develop and maintain strong family and consumer science (FCS) programs in our secondary schools across the nation. Today's youth and their families need the knowledge, experiences, and skills gained in these family-focused...
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Wage-Earner or Family Member?: FCS Students Learn How to Achieve a Balance
Amy just graduated with a marketing degree from the University. She is skilled at marketing research and closing the sale. She can apply economic theory and accounting principles. She also knows that one of the biggest challenges that she will face as...
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Writing-to-Learn in the Apparel Curriculum
One of the best ways for students to become involved in the classroom and engaged in their learning is to write. This article presents a rationale for the use of writing in any curriculum and offers suggestions about how to develop writing-to-learn assignments....
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