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. 3, September

A Glimpse of P/GS in San Diego
The 95'1' AAFCS Annual Convention and Exposition welcomed 125 P/GS members to sunny San Diego in June. P/GS members began the convention Friday night with "P/GS Late Night," which included a visit to the Fashion Valley Mall for dinner and shopping. The...
American History Comes Alive in Ohio
Junior High Unit Spans Five DisciplinesA time of upheaval and innovation, the American Colonial Period (1600-1775) was marked by New World settlers' struggles to adapt to a life that lacked anything familiar or prefabricated. Despite the fact that many...
Building a Workforce Development System in Alaska
Through collaborative efforts, Alaska-a state of about 640,000 residents-provides diverse training and education throughout the expanse of land. A challenge is preparing a range of workers from the technicians who build and maintain water treatment facilities...
Collaborating to Eliminate Domestic Violence
On June 16, 2004, the College of Human Ecology (CHE), University of Minnesota partnered with a Twin Cities community service agency to host an event that raised awareness of domestic violence and also raised funds."The Sheila Shawl Extravaganza," was...
Collaboration and Reciprocity in Education (CARE): Partnership Models in Local and International Settings
Engagement in family and consumer sciences leads to action that improves the human condition. Collaboration and Reciprocity in Education (CARE) provides the foundation for instruction, research, and service, engaging academic and community agencies to...
Collaboration: An Integral Part of a Career
Collaboration has been the heart of much FCS professional work whether here in the U.S. or internationally. Today, the global network enables people to become informed about issues of global, regional, as well as local relevance. The news media provides...
Collaboration at Iowa State Supports FCS
Looking for a way to join a collaborative network of family and consumer sciences (FCS) professionals concerned with strengthening the profession? If so, look at the Family and Consumer Sciences Education Leadership Academy (FCS ELA) at Iowa State University.The...
Collaboration Brings New Statue to U.S. Capitol
Nevada Women's History ProjectFamily and consumer sciences professionals and others in Nevada contributed to their communities by collaborating on the Nevada Women's History Project. The mission of the Project is to recognize the roles and contributions...
Collaboration-The Wisdom of Many
Surowiecki (2004) suggested that groups of people often are smarter than the smartest individuals within the group. "There's no guarantee that groups will come up with smart solutions. What's striking is just how often they do," he said. Surowiecki indicated...
Collaborative Service Learning: A Winning Proposition for Industry and Education
Collaboration between industry and academia creates a win-win situation for individuals and communities. Through innovative partnering, students apply knowledge to real-world situations, institutions increase program visibility, and businesses receive...
Continuity and Change
The inspiration for these comments came while thinking about "uniting generations for lifelong well-being." As I got in my 17-year-old daughter's car recently I was surprised to see a photograph of Mollie and her 89-year-old grandfather, Charlie, who...
Distance Education Alliance Tackles FCS Teacher Shortage
To address teacher supply/demand/preparation issues, the Texas Education Agency funded a project that established a statewide inter-institutional system for providing Web-based distance education courses as preparation for FCS teacher certification....
Engaging Rural Retailers in Visual Merchandising
Rural retailers face substantial challenges in trying to succeed. One challenge is to compete effectively with the visual merchandising displays of larger and more urban stores, given the limitations rural retailers have of money, expertise, and time....
Extension Partners on Financial Programs for Refugees
Each year thousands of refugee families resettle in North Carolina. Many of the families have limited English language skills; many of them need financial skills to survive in a new country. All families must learn to manage their financial resources...
Family and Community Policy: Strategies for Civic Engagement
Family and Community Policy: Strategies for Civic EngagementEdited by Carol L. Anderson (2004)Who speaks for families? Those who work to formulate family-focused policy seek an informed answer to this perennial question. Family and Community Policy....
FCS Academic Programs and Financial Planning Industry: Partnering to Meet Growing Demand
As the profession of home economics evolved from its early mission of preparing women for domestic roles, teaching and research on the management of financial resources within the household became more prominent. Paralleling that evolution was the development...
FCS Students Work with Nonprofit Agency
For the past 4 years the Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) unit at Southeastern Louisiana University has collaborated with a nonprofit agency, the Tangipahoa Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council, to plan and implement a family life conference with the community....
Housing Vitality: AAFCS and HERA Collaborate
The American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) met jointly with the Housing Education and Research Association (HERA) during the 2003 AAFCS convention in Washington, DC. This was a unique opportunity for AAFCS' Housing and Environment...
New Mexico, Texas College Students Join Forces
Student Leadership RetreatDeveloping leadership skills within family and consumer sciences (FCS) is pivotal as the future of the profession is shaped. To provide students with opportunities to hone their leadership skills, an Annual Student Fall Leadership...
News Highlights from San Diego, CA
Watkins Named AAFCS 2004 National Teacher of the YearDuring a presentation at the Opening General Session, Jean Leslie of Glencoe/McGraw-Hill announced Carol Ann Watkins, CFCS, of Bradwell Institute, Hinesville, Georgia, as the AAFCS 2004 National Teacher...
Oklahoma Partnership Engages Citizens
Land-grant institutions have a role in creating engaged citizens, and public deliberation is a valuable tool to accomplish this mission. Meeting this challenge requires a network of institutions, agencies, organizations, and groups with similar missions...
Our History, Our Legacy
AAFCS Volunteer ArchivistActing now to preserve and create accessibility to our remarkable history is important. Our contributions have been great and our future essential.Upon a recommendation of the History and Archives Committee, the AAFCS Board of...
Progress Made on Goals
An open, courageous Board, excellent member leaders, active committees, and dedicated staff made this an exciting, busy year. Guided by our core purpose-"bringing people together to improve the lives of individuals, families, and communities"-we collaborated...
Reaching Tennessee Physicians through FCS
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 50%-70% of neural tube defects could be prevented if all women in their childbearing years consumed 400 micrograms of folic acid daily. How are women convinced to take folic acid daily? National...
Reducing the Risk of Elder Fraud
A Social Marketing Campaign in DenverFraud throughout the U.S. is estimated in the billions of dollars. MasterCard and Visa report total fraud losses related to credit cards of $1 billion in 2000, an increase of 45% over 1996. According to a government...
Rural Colorado Task Force Offers Diabetes Education
Type II diabetes in Colorado, especially in rural counties, is reaching epidemic proportions. From 1994 to 2000, cases of diagnosed diabetes in adults increased from 3.4% to 5.1% of the population. Agencies in rural northeastern Colorado saw a need to...
Saving Money in Ohio
Columbus SavesThe Columbus Saves educational program is a broad-based community coalition made up of more than 40 local organizations from the education, nonprofit, government, faith-based, and private sectors. Common goals of partners in reaching Columbus,...
School of Design Students Assist Cancer Center
More than 1 million people get cancer each year. Approximately one out of every two American men and one out of every three American women will have some type of cancer at some point during their lifetime (American Cancer Society, 2004). Cancer patients...
Service Learning in an FCS Core Curriculum: A Community-Campus Collaboration
The new core for the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences at Ball State University was designed to provide students with a better understanding of the integrative nature of the family and consumer sciences (FCS) profession. The resultant 9-credit...
Students Redesign Living Room for Seniors
Iowa High School ProjectMany high school students enjoy watching the popular home decorating shows on television. Nineteen students in the Housing/Interior Design course successfully took on the challenge of redesigning the living room at Heartland Senior...
The Journey to Knoxville
Have you ever read a book written by someone who has climbed Mount Everest? Or watched a documentary of a climb? Or had the privilege of hearing a successful climber hold an audience spellbound as he told the story of a climb he survived despite harsh...
The SciencPrep Project: Strengthening Scientific Preparation of Diverse Undergraduates
The lack of diversity among those receiving graduate degrees in various scientific fields has been well documented (Food and Agricultural Education Information Systems [FAEIS], 1991, 2000;"Number of Black Doctorates," 1995-1996)1. Criticism about the...
Transitional Collaboration: More Than the Sum of Its Parts
There is much confusion in public and private work environments about what is meant by working collaboratively. Terms such as partnering, leveraging, and co-sharing are used interchangeably leaving educators, administrators, and others confused about...
Vocational FCS Programs Attract Students outside U.S
Florida International University (FIU) strives to meet the ever-changing needs of individuals in America as well as in other countries through education. Uniting the Family and Consumers Sciences (FCS) Program with the Higher Education Program in the...
Vote-It's Your Duty, It's Your Responsibility
We, the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity,...
Work and Family Balance among Latinos in the U.S.: Barriers and Facilitators
This study describes the work and family characteristics of Latino workers in the U.S. using national data. It identifies variables that block or facilitate the effective balance of work and family life among Latino workers. Possible factors associated...