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. 102, No. 4, Fall

AAFCS Webinars Address FCS Challenges
With new knowledge, techniques, and communications methods being added today at lightning speed, family and consumer sciences (FCS) professionals are continually challenged to stay current on cutting-edge topics in our field. And that calls for professional...
Accountability in FCS
With today's realities of tight budgets and continuous reviews of programs that make a difference, it is more important than ever that as family and consumer sciences (FCS) professionals, we show the results of our efforts. We must be accountable in...
A Global Perspective for FCS: Sustaining Families, Natural Environments Social Capital
People around the world are increasingly interconnected through communications technology, commerce, and transportation systems-a process and state of being called "globalization." Critics of globalization point out that it leads to environmental degradation,...
FCS Careers: Educator/Administrator, Head Start Program Leader
After graduating with a B. A. in home economics secondary education from the University of Idaho, Irene returned to Alaska and did substitute teaching in the Anchorage School District. There were no permanent home economics teaching positions available...
FCS Careers: Nonprofit Association Professional
Rhonda Paul Ashburn completed her undergraduate degree at Oklahoma State University in home economics education and community services. Following graduation, she moved to Washington, DC to work for Congressman Wes Watkins. Later, she accepted a position...
Get Involved: FCS and Local Government
Get involved! What better way to further your understanding of policy than to hold an elected office and apply knowledge learned over the years as decisions are made? From an early age, the political scene has been of interest to me and this has resulted...
In Memory Of
Jeanne Priester, retired USDA Cooperative State Research, Education, and Service (NIFA) national program leader (NPL) for aging, died April 13, 2010. Priester began her career as a home economist for Alabama Gas Company in Opelika, AL. In the early 1960s...
Inside AAFCS
Pre-PAC Launches 2 New National Assessments and CertificationsBy Lori Myers, CFCS, Director, Pre-PAC, Excerpted from the February issue of The FACSAAFCS and the FCS Credentialing Center are pleased to announce the official launch of two additional products...
Internationalizing an Interior Design Course: A Model for Global FCS Curricula
Accreditation for Family and Consumer Sciences and for Interior Design programs includes standards to globalize education of undergraduate students. An integrative approach to planning curriculum relates the concept of global interdependence to the development...
Isolation, Solitude, and Community: The Challenges and Opportunities for FCS Professionals
Professional isolation is not new-it may describe a teacher in the oneperson high-school family and consumer sciences (FCS) department, the sole nutrition instructor on a college faculty, the design entrepreneur who works from home, or the student library...
Orderly Fashion: A Sociology of Markets
Orderly Fashion: A Sociology of Markets By Patrik Aspers Published by Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ (2010) $33.00 (Available as cloth or e-Book)Review by Wanda K. CheekIn the study of fashion, a major tenet is that fashion is a phenomenon...
Pens and Needles: Women's Textualities in Early Modern England
Pens and Needles: Women's Textualities in Early Modern England By Susan Frye Published by University of Pennsylvania Press, Philadelphia, PA (2010) $65.Reviewed by Ann W. BraatenIn Pens and Needles: Women's Textualities in Early Modern England, Susan...
Perceptions of Tennessee FCS Faculty and Administrators in Higher Education
In addition to general higher education challenges, family and consumer sciences (FCS) programs may confront the possibility of reorganization and/or loss of programs. In Tennessee, eight American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS)...
Run for 2011-12 National Student Unit Office!
It's time to put your leadership skills into action! Your pursuit of an FCS degree makes you a natural for a leadership position. Gain a head start on your future and serve the national AAFCS Student Unit (SU) as an officer! You'll participate in regular...
Seven Billion (7,000,000,000) in 2011
In 1960, the world's population was 3 billion, 15 years later in 1975 it was 4 billion (who do you know who experienced these population events?) It is expected that by the end of 2011, the world's population will reach 7 billion-this dynamic (from 3...
Spatial Visualization Skills of Apparel Industry Professionals
This study examined spatial visualization skills and leisure activities of apparel industry professionals. Spatial visualization skills were measured using the Apparel Spatial Visualization Test and the Paper Folding Test. Twenty-three participants completed...
Stimulating Critical Thinking in the Undergrad Classroom: The Spanking Debate
To encourage critical thinking and expression of viewpoints by undergraduate students, an in-class debate on the issue of spanking as a disciplinary practice and its impact on children's development is presented as a class activity. Specific details...
Sustaining FCS in Higher Education: A 2010 Perspective
This article identifies characteristics of enduring FCS higher education programs and explores organizational changes and the impact of these changes. From multiple sources, characteristics of sustained programs were identified and categorized as (a)...
The Online Small Steps to Health and Wealth(TM) Challenge: A Model for Interdisciplinary FCS Programs
Both health and personal finance issues are in the headlines frequently. Problems that have been widely reported in recent years include an increase in diabetes, high percentages of overweight and obese adults and children, low savings rates, and high...