Academic journal article Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences

How Effective Are FCS Programs in Public Schools?

Academic journal article Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences

How Effective Are FCS Programs in Public Schools?

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Study Completed

The No Child Left Behind Act encouraged accountability, flexibility, and choice and focuses on the core content areas of reading, writing, mathematics, and science. AAFCS recognized that there was limited documentation to substantiate the effectiveness of FCS on public school program and issued a request for proposals to conduct a review of the literature from 1985 to 2004. Iowa State University responded to the request and performed a review to identify works that are associated with the impact of secondary programs in this country.

The review, entitled A Study of the Effectiveness of Public School Family and Consumer Sciences Programs, provides some support for the role secondary FCS programs play in the lives of students. The report notes that there is much more work to be done; recommendations include:

1. AAFCS solicit and allocate funds to establish and maintain a central database to share research associated with secondary programs;

2. FCS professionals conduct further research to demonstrate effectiveness;

3. More research needs to be done to demonstrate the impact of secondary programs;

4. Research inquiry needs to include modes beyond survey and quasi-experimental design methods;

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