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. 94, No. 3, September

AAFCS 93rd Annual Convention & Exposition: News Highlights from Dallas
Texas Local Arrangements Committee Draws Rave Reviews Kudos to Texas LAC Chair Kim Kamin and the many mothers, daughters, and friends who volunteered their time and expertise to welcoming us to Dallas. Wherever we looked, there was a proud Texan wearing...
A Farewell Message
Point of View I was pleased to report at the Dallas convention in June that the wheels of change have been set in motion this past year. One major step in that direction was the recruitment of a new executive director, Karen Tucker, to help us build...
Being a Good Citizen
Civic Engagement Strategies in Action Throughout my career I have held several types of positions within the profession including high school teacher, state supervisor, teacher educator, and administrator. Each position has involved the need for engagement...
Building Social Capital
"The future holds great promise for community coalitions as powerful interventions for community change. Community change is envisioned as: working with whole communities; increasing grassroots and civic engagement; promoting diversity, collaboration...
California's Standards for Preparation of Home Economics Teachers Now in Place
California enacted legislation in 1988 and 1992 that strengthened the professional character of the Commission on Teacher Credentialing and enhanced its authority to establish rigorous standards for the preparation and assessment of prospective teachers....
Character Education: What Makes a Child Resilient?
In my home and careers classroom I have three dolls, a delicate porcelain china doll, a shiny stainless steel doll, and a basic polyvinyl baby doll. On any given day a student may experience the challenges of life through the eyes of any one of these...
Civic Engagement and Accreditation Go Hand-in-Hand
The AAFCS Council for Accreditation (CFA) stipulates that students should understand their roles as family and consumer sciences professionals in the formation of public policy/civic engagement. Students are expected to be able to critique, develop,...
Colleges, Universities, and Research: A Productive Consolidation
STRATEGIES Abstract Faced with opportunities for its members and AAFCS organizational factors, the Colleges and Universities Section and the Research Section of AAFCS merged to create the Colleges, Universities, and Research Section. Through consolidation,...
Concerted, Statewide Efforts Yield Legislative Success in Indiana
During Spring of 2001, the Indiana family and consumer sciences community successfully lobbied against proposed cuts in state-level funding. Instead of cuts, the funding was increased for local school corporations, based on enrollments in approved high...
Developing a Family Resource Center: Civic Engagement of FCS Professionals
SCHOLARSHIP ABSTRACT This article describes the development of a family resource center, draws connections between its developmental stages and a collaboration model, and portrays the civic engagement of family and consumer sciences professionals. Their...
Global Interdependence
... technology-enhanced tools have changed forever our views of global interdependence. Since September 1 lth and the collapse of Enron, Inc., global interdependence has taken on new meaning. Many barriers assumed to have separated governments, peoples,...
High School Community Service Projects Engage Students
Service learning is an integral part of the Family and Consumer Sciences program, and community service is a requirement embedded within the curricula in many states. When the school environment is expanded to the community beyond the immediate physical...
Involvement on Community Boards: A Personal Perspective
PRACTICE One of the expectations of a professional is that he or she will be actively involved in making a difference by participating in the activities that determine and shape the directions of society. I learned this lesson early in life while observing...
Kentucky Citizens Making a Difference for Young Children with KIDS NOW
In 2000, Kentucky Governor Paul Patton signed historic, comprehensive early childhood legislation into law. That law is currently being implemented by the people of Kentucky. In order to give the early childhood issue the prominence needed and to remove...
Leadership Characteristics and Work Ethic of Extension Family and Consumer Science Educators
ABSTRACT This study examined the relationship between leadership orientation and work ethic among 166 Extension Family and Consumer Science Educators (EFCSE) from Tennessee. Participants completed the Leadership Orientation Survey, the Occupational Work...
Legislative Seminar: Learning and Connecting in Ohio
PRACTICE "Make your voice count as a supporter of children, families, and communities" was the message Gwen Wolford, Ph.D., shared with members of the Ohio Affiliate in April. The Ohio Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, in cooperation with...
Making a Difference through Habitat for Humanity
Volunteering to help others is an important concept for many people who choose our discipline. I always envisioned joining the Peace Corps after retiring. Shortly before that time, however, a group was forming an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity in...
Professional Nanny: Time to Change the Label.And the Perception
PRACTICE While earning my degree in Family and Consumer Science, I worked as a professional nanny. After I gained substantial experience in the field, and after taking numerous family wellness and early childhood education classes, I deemed myself a...
Public Policy Initiatives Successful
The Office of Public Policy and the AAFCS Public Policy Committee members worked hard over this past fiscal year (May 1, 2001 to April 30, 2002) in a wide variety of areas to ensure that the voice of family and consumer sciences was heard, both nationally...
Recipes, the Internet and Nutritional Guidance
College students in an Introductory Nutrition course were instructed to find and report on three recipes sites for one of nine antioxidant vegetables. We surveyed the sites for number and kinds accessed, the forms of nutrition information, and the credentials...
Resiliency: A Key to the Future of AAFCS
As professionals, we experience "family" in multi-faceted ways. Family and relationships are central to what we study, the concepts we teach, the well-spring of our inspiration, and sometimes the source of our stress and pain. In the face of continuous...
Returning to Our Roots in FCS: An Activity for FCS Students
This activity allows students to see a historical progression of the Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) profession. How have we changed? How have we remained the same? Never has there been a time when acknowledging, understanding and promoting our roots...
Rock the Vote
While voting is not the entirety of civic engagement, it is certainly the first topic that springs to mind when one thinks about being involved in the community and in society as a whole. According to Putnam (Bowling Alone, 2000), turnout at the polls...
School Shootings Inspire High School Program
Paulding County High School students responded to the 1999 Columbine High School shootings in two ways. Some expressed great fear and needed to discuss the shootings frequently. Other students demonstrated passive acceptance, dismissing the incident...
The Scholarship of Service: Student Project Aids Local Food Bank
Early in the 20th century, Lyman Abbott, an English clergyman and editor, observed that American universities consider scholarship "equipment for service" (Rudolph, 1990). Paulsen and Feldman (1995) define scholarship as "those and only those faculty...
The Youth of the Nation
Civic engagement, political involvement, and current affairs do not belong to an arena that is reserved for eligible voters and tax-paying adults. To exclude American youth from these subjects would be to our detriment as a society and a nation. After...
Transforming AAFCS for the 21st Century
Point of View The 93rd Annual Convention & Exposition in Dallas in June was an exhilarating experience for all attendees. AAFCS is a strongly rooted organization with a rich history. We are transforming it into a fast, flexible, friendly, and contemporary...
Using Scholarship to Integrate Teaching and Research
ABSTRACT Ernest Boyers four stages of scholarship are used as a framework to describe how educators can better integrate teaching and research to fulfill teaching expectations and to produce scholarly work to meet research expectations. A fifth stage,...
Using Sociocultural Poetry to Build Civic Engagement: A Teaching Strategy for Consumer and Family Sciences
ABSTRACT Sociocultural poetry can be used in conjunction with an empathy model to assist family and consumer sciences students to do the following: explore the civic engagement concept, build cultural competence for the lived experiences of culturally...
Using the Internet to Enhance Business Opportunities in Rural Areas
ABSTRACT A workshop on the use of Internet technology and electronic commerce introduced rural textile and apparel businesses to the economic potential of the Internet. The curriculum was evaluated through a pre- and post-survey, and a six-month follow-up...
Virginia Community Program Supporting Wellness
Commitment to the well being of individuals, families and communities is the natural linkage between the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) and Central Virginia Community Services (CVCS). As a part of the Commonwealth's public...
We the People: Civic Engagement Is More Important Than Ever
Point of View Civic engagement is the duty of every person. Primarily, it is about making responsible decisions for the common good, and each of us has a role to play. In Bowling Alone, Putnam (2000) offers a provocative reassessment of the American...
We the People: Renewing Commitment to Civic Engagement
FEATURES It is the great American experiment... a democratic society. . . of the people, by the people, for the people. It is the gift of a way of life that was launched with informed thought and paid for in blood. It is a gift that continues through...