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. 98, No. 3, September

Apparel Graduate Course Focuses on Global Economy
Students at all levels of study must understand the impact and consequences of globalization. Because of technology innovations, integration of world economies through trade and cash flows, and the movement of people from one location to another, our...
A Worldview of FCS Teaching, Scholarship and Practice
To paraphrase Friedman in The Lexus and the Olive Tree (2000), in the old days family and consumer sciences (FCS) professionals could get away with thinking of their work as in the classroom, school, community, business, university, or society. But today,...
Bridge to the Future
Danny Thomas established St. Jude Children's Research hospital in 1962 when survival rates for some forms of leukemia were a terrifying four percent. Today St. Jude has raised those survival rates to 90%. Fundraising supports the hospital's mission to...
Bringing Globalization into the Classroom
As we experience an accelerating rate of globalization, what is a teacher to do to help students understand the forces of globalization that are shaping their lives? A teacher can bring globalization into the classroom in at least five ways:1. Highlighting...
Bringing the World to High School FCS Classes
The World is Flat, Friedman's (2005) popular book exemplifies how the world is changing and how an awareness of global issues is vital to success in today's society. But when high school students do not have the opportunity to experience life outside...
Cross-Cultural Learning in a University-Wide Course
University-wide courses increase visibility and credibility of family and consumer sciences programs and provide students with a valuable cross-cultural experience. A sophomore required course facilitates cross-cultural understanding regarding diversity...
Designing Better Preschools: Improving Communication between Designers and Child Development Professionals
This exploratory study examined communications between designers and child development professionals during the preschool design process. Qualitative interviews and focus groups were conducted to investigate the need for communication support between...
Development of a Unique, Culturally Focused Family Science Program in the UAE
Empowering women and allowing them to provide community leadership in a rapidly changing and increasingly complex society is essential. Offering a sound family science curriculum is one way to facilitate empowerment of women in a developing country....
Examining Global Interdependence through Study Abroad in China and Hong Kong
Given the international nature of the textile, apparel, and retail industries, success for some companies, at least in part, may depend upon hiring "people whose minds are open to the world" (Goodman, 2005). Study abroad is one way of developing students'...
Global Experiences for FCS Professionals
How many family and consumer sciences (FCS) professionals have had the opportunity to become involved globally to enhance instructional methods, curriculum, and research interests or to develop and improve an understanding of the peoples of other countries?...
Globalization and World Hunger: The Role of FCS
Inasmuch as social deficiencies breed malcontent, it is not difficult to understand the resulting dissonance in physical, social, emotional, and relational well-being not only between individuals but also within and between communities and groups and...
Group Work and Leadership: Perception of FCS Students
No known studies have examined the perception of family and consumer science (FCS) students related to group work in the classroom and its relationship to leadership. In this qualitative study, two groups of FCS students-hospitality management and dietetics-viewed...
High School Elective Fair Boosts FCS Enrollment
Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) teachers at Northridge High School in Greeley, Colorado, have the secret to success. In February each year, teachers showcase their best work to recruit students of every level into content area courses. For each of...
How Do Dissatisfied Apparel Consumers Respond? A Comparison of College Students in the U. S. and South Korea
This study examined consumers' responses to post-consumption dissatisfaction with apparel products, and compared the differences between consumers in the United States and those in South Korea. Results showed that three factors-brand loyalty/word-of-mouth,...
Minnesota Embraces the Global World
The human landscape of Minnesota reflects the current reality of globalization. The regionalization of economies across the Americas, the increased cultural diversity due to immigration, and the technological advances allowing for instant access to information...
New Name, New Opportunities for Students
There is excitement and change in the air within our newly named Student Unit. During the AAFCS conference in Charlotte in June, our student groups' name was changed from Pre-Professional/Graduate Student Unit to simply the Student Unit. With this change...
Nigerian Street Children: Security Threat in Edo State
The incidence of street children in Nigeria is of concern especially as it relates to security and safety of other citizens. This study was designed to learn who the street children are, what their educational status is, and what role they play in community...
Professional Organizing: FCS Preparation Ideal for Emerging Career Field
The profession of organizing may be a career choice for those with a degree in family and consumer sciences (FCS). This article describes how the discipline of FCS has relevancy and potential for the professional organizer career path. An undergraduate...
Remaining True to the Vision: Promoting Research in FCS
There is an ongoing need for family and consumer sciences professionals to generate new knowledge through research and then share findings with diverse groups. Specific Action Steps describe methods to incorporate research into university curricula to...
Required Course Gives Meredith College Students Global View
How can educators help college students gain a global awareness and take steps to be responsible global citizens? Meredith College found one way-requiring all students to take a course that enables them to address a problem that has both global and local...
Saudi Women in Higher Education: A Glimpse into Their World
Working with colleagues in another country always provides a challenge, even if it is nothing more than time zones and a different culture. To ease communication, it is important to know as much as possible about the other country beforehand, including...
Social Responsibility Learned in Wisconsin High School
Twenty-first century science and technology places new demands on educators to better prepare the next generation to acquire and maintain advanced levels of literacy and technological skill. Providing a variety of culturally diverse learning opportunities...
Technology Use by Elderly in Norway
Average life expectancy is increasing worldwide except perhaps in countries decimated by AIDS. Although Japan is the world's most rapidly aging country, the Scandinavian countries follow closely. The Norwegian National Institute of Consumer Research...
The Impact of Multiracial Trends in America
By the year 2020, it is expected that the United States will no longer have a racial majority group. Instead, the population will be more racially diverse than at any time in history (Pollard & O'Hare, 1999). Why? First, immigration from non-Anglo...
The Road to Renewal
Organizations, just like people, societies and cultures, have a life cycle. They are:* Dreaming the Dream: A time of imagination and planning; when there's little more to the organization than an idea and a passion.* Launching the Venture: Those involved...
"What If . . ."
For the last five years, JFCS editors have lived MetLife's new campaign focusing on the "if" in life. Editors continued to ask "what if ..." and ideas for changing the journal would take shape. Thanks to everyone who shared an idea so that a "what if"...
Yes, Grenada! We Can Help
The World Is Flat should be required reading for all to gain a better understanding of globalization and its effect on the world. Globalization is a process that is affecting all of us in a variety of ways, many positively and some negatively, but we...