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. 91, No. 3, 1999

1999 Annual Meeting Empowers and Imspires
Family and consumer sciences professionals from across the country and around the world came together in Seattle from June 26-29, 1999, to participate in AAFCS's 90th Annual Meeting and Exposition. The meeting's 1,448 attendees concentrated on professional...
1999 Distinguished Service Awards
The Distinguished Service Award (DSA) is the Association's most prestigious honor for outstanding personal and professional achievement. The DSA was first presented posthumously to Irma H. Gross in 1980. With the induction of the 1999 DSA recipients,...
AAFCS Facing the Future
As we consider the state of the Association, I remind you that it was 100 years ago this past September that the first meeting of the Lake Placid Club was held in a boathouse in upstate New York. That meeting ignited a flame that ultimately led to the...
Adapting Teaching to Meet New Needs: Using Technology to Plan for Retirement
ABSTRACT A college course on Retirement Planning and Employee Benefits was revised to meet the needs of consumers in a technological world By replacing one weekly lecture with computer-based assignments, the instructor involved students in solving retirement...
An Analysis of the Portrayal of Female Models in Television Commericals by Degree of Slenderness
ABSTRACT This manuscript reports on the results of an examination of the portrayal of the degree of slenderness of women models in television commercials. A visual content analysis was employed to gather the data. The analysis revealed that the commercials...
Apparel Shopping on the Web
ABSTRACT This study focused on consumer response to apparel shopping on the Internet. Questionnaire I was administered to 63 college students familiar with the Internet. Questionnaire II contained specific questions related to apparel Web sites and was...
Asking the Hard Questions about Technology Use and Education
In campus visits, I sometimes ask people what studies or evaluations of teaching, learning, and technology have been useful for them. "The studies need not have been published or even rigorous," I assure them, "just useful to you." After taking some...
A Very Good Year Heralds the New Millennium
It is an honor to share the significant accomplishments of the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences this past year. Every year, the Board of Directors develops objectives and determines priorities, based upon an analysis of the needs...
Becky A. Newell, CFCS, of Lafayette, Indiana, Is National Teacher of the Year
The 1999 National Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher of the Year is Becky A. Newell, CFCS, Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher, Southwestern Middle School, Lafayette, Indiana. The Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher of the Year Award identifies and...
Behold, New Worlds Are Born
"Behold, a new sun is risen, A new god is born, New laws are written, And new men are made. " Aztec poem (on the founding of the Aztec capital, Mexico City) When Lee Kwan Yew, the leader who built modern Singapore, was asked what he thought was the most...
Businesses' Business: Business Section Marks Banner Year with Strengthened Identity
The AAFCS Business Section has benefited from a year of remembering its past, rethinking its future, and rekindling its spirit of community. Operating under the leadership of a task force appointed by the AAFCS President and supported by the AAFCS Board...
Capacity Building of Educators for Distance Education
ABSTRACT A consortium of family and consumer sciences units, the Great Plains/lnteractive Distance Education Alliance (GP/IDEA), held a distance education capacity-building LearnShop for faculty. The lessons learned from the LearnShop are presented to...
College Students' Computer Attitudes and Interest in Web Based Distance Education
ABSTRACT Distance education continues to be important to higher education as a Webbased delivery system for courses is developed. Little is known concerning the interest, attitudes, and computer skills students need to participate in this learning environment....
Confessions of an Online Convert: Experiencing Long-Distance Learning
I registered for a class on comparative family systems, but when I stepped into the classroom, I swore I was in the wrong place. Instead of desks neatly lined up in rows, the classroom was filled with IBM PCs located against the wall in a horseshoe arrangement....
Current Developments and a Look Ahead in Housing and Household Equipment
This article is the text of Dr. Montgomery's address to one of the general sessions on subject matter at the annual meeting of the AHEA in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on June 23, 1959. The changes that have pounded the social, economic, and technological shores...
Distance Education and Accreditation
Technology has made possible increased transfer of knowledge not only locally but also across the nation and around the world. At the same time, there is increased emphasis and interest in life-long learning. It is only natural that technology be utilized...
Distance Teaching as a Method for Providing Continuing Education for Community Nutrition Professionals
ABSTRACT This research reports results of the evaluation of a "mixed-model" approach for distance education that combined satellite teleconferencing with local hands-on activity sessions. The mixed-model was used to update 1,805 nutrition practitioners...
Ethics and Technology: Point-Counterpoint
Ethical dilemmas emerging from the use of technology in our lives are often cited in the scholarly and popular literature. With the rapid increase in use of these technologies, we should consider the following "Principles of Professional Practice" from...
Gender, Technology, and Leadership Development
ABSTRACT This article brings together ideas from gender equity, technology, and leadership development literature to form a framework for preparing males and females to work in gender equitable environments. Data indicate that technology developments...
Helping Families to Navigate the System of Long-Term Care Alternatives: The Role of Information Technology
ABSTRACT Many older Americans have difficulty finding appropriate and affordable services to help them remain independent in the community. Often information about home- and community-based care is scarce, or there is no one to help the individual access...
Integrating On-Line Technology into Family and Consumer Science Education: Examples and Ideas from a Nutrition Education Course
INTRODUCTION Family and Consumer Science professionals, as practitioners and educators, are pressured to use the on-line technologies to search for and provide information to both the public and individual clients. This demands an ability to identify...
It's on the Web!
The AAFCS website (www.aafcs.org) is an integral part of the association's publications program, and we are continuously working to add new features to better serve the needs of our members. One obvious improvement is the new AAFCS home page. We have...
"Jump in the Boat and Start Rowin"
Just when I became bored with the "real world" of family counseling and checked out the safety of the "ivory tower," (that is, college teaching), I discovered the tower was moving, and I was going to have to find its new .edu site! The movement is out...
Nutrition and Exercise Information for Children on the Internet
ABSTRACT Nutrition and exercise professionals use the Internet to find information on a variety of topics within their field. While the Internet does offer valuable resources, evaluating the validity ofa site can be a time-consuming activity. A project...
Obituary: Dr. Helen Ada Loftis
Helen Ada Loftis was born in Greenville, SC, the first child of Edward Earle and Viola Hester Loftis. Her early schooling was in the Greenville Public Schools. After earning her Bachelor's of Science degree at Winthrop College, Helen began her distinguished...
Obituary: Jean Ester Shippey Taylor: 1915-1999
Born November 11, 1915, near Troy, NY, Jean Esther Shippey was raised on a farm with four older brothers. A home economics graduate of Russell Sage College in Troy, she pursued advanced study at Cornell University and worked as a 4-H Club Agent in Broome...
Online Shopping Is Changing the Retail Landscape
Many of the problems that have slowed the growth of electronic commerce are quickly diminishing. Experts claim that it is now safe to make credit card purchases from established online merchants (Levy, 1998; Mannix,1998). Personal and credit card information...
Op Ed
Many of our readers have opinions and comments on items they read in the Journal. You may want to share your opinion about a critical issue that has not been addressed in the Journal. You may have comments about the editor's opinion piece in a particular...
Sexually Explicit Material on the Internet: Implications for Family Life Educators
ABSTRACT This study focused on the issue of cyberporn. A content analysis of sexually explicit material on the Web was conducted at three points in time to assess the types of Internet pornography available. Data were organized by the level of explicitness....
Shaping Public Policy
As the final day of the 1999 Annual Meeting in Seattle, Washington, was winding to a close, the last education sessions were finishing up, and the excursions were completing their trek through Seattle's environs, the AAFCS Senate was conducting its business....
Students in the Forefront of Planning for the Future
Greetings Preprofessional/Graduate Student Members! I am so glad you are able to take part in AAFCS as we enter the next millenium. By definition, it is a milestone, a time where everything seems new and interesting-and the possibilities are endless!...
Teaching and Learning at a Distance: A Case Study of Essential Elements
ABSTRACT School-age child care providers seek staff development opportunities so they can provide quality care. Videoconferences via satellite increased participant access and provided a context for determining elements essential for teaching and learning...
Teaching in Cyberspace: Evolution of a Health Promotion Course
ABSTRACT Integration of the Internet into education is increasing. New approaches to learning situations are, therefore, needed. The lessons learned by an instructor over a four-year time span on the evolution of a graduate course in Health Promotion...
Technology and Gender Bias
Research in the last decade has indeed indicated that there are gender inequities with regard to technology usage, referring to computers in particular. The indication that technology developments tend to be more attractive to males than females (as...
Ten Questions, Big and Small, about the Impact of Technology in Contemporary Society
Without question, the majority of the United States population will greet the new century wealthier, healthier, better educated, and with more opportunity and choice than ever before in history. North America emerged as the land of technology "haves"...
The Dawn Breaks-Renewing the Spirit
The year 1999 is rapidly coming to a close. We have only 185 days before the dawn breaks on the next decade, century, and millennium. What a time to be alive! What a time to be part of the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences! Since moving...
The Diversity Myth
In the U.S. at least, multiculturalism is a powerful force in schools and the Internet seems to be a tool perfectly suited for its study. But here again we encounter a situation we might characterize as myth. From 1985 through 1998 my wife and I taught...
The Future-The Age of Knowledge
Donald M. Norris, a futurist working in the arena of higher education, has dubbed the future the Knowledge Age. He states, "in many ways the 1990s are the first decade of the 215t century. We are beyond the threshold of a new age, in which we will live,...
The Power of a Gift
The power of your gifts was present during the annual meeting this year! Fellowship recipients received not only financial support from your generous contributions; they were empowered in their vision and direction for their program of studies. Three...
Unintended Effects of Advertising
Marketing actions, including choice of advertising content, have long been thought to have effects other than those intended. [See, for example, Pollay (1986; 1987) and Holbrook's (1987) fascinating debate over whether advertising distorts or mirrors...
Valuing Diversity: Implications for Social Health
This address was conceived out of a fascination with the growing rhetoric on difference and diversity. It is a rhetoric filled with contradictions. An interesting example of which can be found in an editorial in The New York Times (Patterson, 1999, p....
Young Adult Women Outpace Men in Most Spending Categories
Adult women under 35 account for a larger proportion of retail purchases than any other consumer group in the United States. This fact has long been an open secret among those advertising experts and consumer specialists who keep an eye on connections...