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. 4, November

A Fulbright Scholar Experience in FCS
Family and consumer sciences (FCS) is a global network of professionals who are focused on improving the quality of life for individuals, families, and communities (International Federation for Home Economics [IFHE], n.d.). For FCS professionals who...
An Ethical Perspectives Model for FCS
Purposeful moral deliberation is essential to the ethical practice of family and consumer sciences (FCS). This article proposes a model of ethical perspectives that is appropriate for educators, practitioners, and scholars of FCS.At its core, ethics...
Civic Engagement Comes Alive
College students are at a critical age to develop a lifelong interest in civic engagement. Students in a family and Consumer Social Issues class were required to attend two meetings of a public board or agency of their choice. After attending and upon...
Electronic Learning Portfolios: Evaluating Artifacts in an International FCS Program
As electronic portfolios become institutionalized in undergraduate education, it is imperative to understand the types of evidence students select to represent attainment of identified learning outcomes. In this action research inquiry, 26 completed...
Everyone Loves a Good Story
What was your favorite story as a child? Was it the pictures, the story, rhyme, or colors that endeared it to you? Did that story teach you anything about life? Is there an occasion to share that story in your family and consumer sciences (FCS) classroom...
Exploring New Territory Together
Today's pioneers are building tomorrow's progress.-T. J. WatsonRegardless of where individuals and families live, there are challenges. The challenges of today and tomorrow may be different from those of previous generations. Yet as Benjamin R. Andrews...
Extension Educators' Perceptions of Community Readiness, Knowledge of Prevention Science, and Experience with Collaboration
This investigation compared Extension educators' perceptions of community readiness, knowledge of prevention science, and experience with community collaborations with the perceptions of community human service professionals. First, Cooperative Extension...
Feeding the Generations: A Unique Intergenerational Nutrition Program
The Older Americans Act Nutrition Program and the Summer Food Service Program were combined to provide a unique intergenerational meal program in rural Oklahoma. Focus groups consisting of older adults, children, and site staff were conducted to assess...
Greening Our Future: Health and Global Motivators for Teaching Environmentally Responsible Interior Design
Environmentally responsible design addresses many tangible health concerns and global issues. Teaching interior designers about these concerns and issues may have a significant effect on healthier living and sustainable environments in the future. Environmentally...
Healthy Living: Housing Affordability and Its Impact on Family Health
Studies on housing and health show that housing conditions can adversely affect the physical and mental health of households. Housing affordability, which often reflects housing quality, affects children's well-being because of its impact on basic necessities....
Housing Needs in Rural Communities
This study explored housing in small rural communities in an attempt to understand the available housing stock, perceptions of the need for housing, and perceived barriers to housing development. Data were collected through computer-assisted telephone...
Inside AAFCS
Taking Action for a New AAFCSMessage from President Dixie Crase and Transitional Executive Director Carolyn Jackson . . .The 2006-2007 AAFCS Board of Directors addressed significant items related to Transforming AAFCS: A New Era of Action as they met...
Interior Design Standards in the Secondary FCS Curriculum
Since national standards in family and consumer sciences (FCS) were published in 1998, educators have been attentive to research concerning their use and implementation. During the unveiling of the national standards, state teams created concrete plans...
Leadership Advantage
Introducing the AAFCS Student Unit Leadership Advantage initiative! It is the goal of the 2006-2007 Student Unit officer team to bring you leadership tools that will help you develop leadership skills and also give you tools to improve your own chapters....
Letter to the Editor
Alternate Conceptualization of GlobalizationIt was very exciting to read Hodelin's article Globalization and World Hunger. The Role of FCS in the last issue of this journal. Food security is a central issue of the profession, especially in the global...
Mapping Where We Live and Play with GPS Technology
No one knows for sure when and how our earliest ancestors generated the first maps to depict how the spatial areas within which they lived and played were organized. The earliest map was probably a mental image translated to others by gestures and sounds....
Off-Campus Student Housing Satisfaction
Results from a survey of 180 students at a western university suggest that apartment manager's responsiveness and fairness explain 50% of the variance in determining student satisfaction with off-campus housing. Variables that measured aspects of the...
Online versus Traditional Face-to-Face Learning in A Large Introductory Course
Nearly two million college students were enrolled in online courses in fall 2003, a 19% increase from 2002, with significant growth expected to continue (Allen & Seaman, 2004). Online delivery of the typical large undergraduate lecture class is considered...
Prized Possessions
Every year more than 30 million tourists visit the Smithsonian's everchanging collection. But 95% of the Smithsonian's possessions are never seen by the public. Similarly, as an AAFCS member, you are our Association's "prized possessions," yet too many...
Problem-Based Learning in Foods and Nutrition Classes
This article focuses on the use of problem-based learning in high school foods and nutrition classes. Problem-based learning, an instructional approach that promotes active learning, is the elaboration of knowledge that occurs through discussion, answering...
Successfully Navigating the Extension Job Market
This article is a brief guide to careers for FCS professionals in Cooperative Extension and it provides strategies for navigating the search for employment. We consider the diversity of Extension systems and Extension appointments; key qualifications...
The Technological Sanctuary: A Changing Home Environment
Design educators, practicing professionals, and family and consumer sciences professionals are increasingly aware of the positive and negative dramatic impacts of technology on the home. Design groups need to be proactive in providing built environments...
Within Renewal Comes New Clarity
In the last issue I referenced the stages of the organizational lifecycle and indicated that AAFCS is in the renewal phase. Renewal is characterized as a time to recover the youthful vigor of our Association-a vigor that I saw in the deliberation of...