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. 104, No. 2, Spring

AAFCS Affiliates in Action
Each spring, AAFCS affiliates are asked to report on the activities and accomplishments of the past year. Receiving the results and compiling them is a humbling experience. AAFCS Affiliates truly bring the association's tagline, "Connecting Professionals,...
AAFCS Webinars: Statewide Opportunities for FCS Educators
Due to budget restrictions over recent years, the state of Ohio has limited the number of face-to-face state consultant implemented professional development seminars for educators to attend. In order to meet the professional development demands of Ohio...
A Ghanaian Study Tour: Opportunity, Observations, and Implications
The purpose of this article is to describe study tour experiences in Ghana and discuss the resulting cultural competencies informing research and instruction in a merchandising program. A unique connection between Human Environmental Sciences in Kentucky...
A Practical Problem Approach to World Hunger: Universities Fighting World Hunger
Throughout the profession's history, family and consumer sciences professionals have worked to consider what should be done about various social issues affecting individuals, families, and communities across the world. Hunger is a global issue pertaining...
Becoming A Professional: Why Family and Consumer Sciences Students Participate in Campus Organizations
It is well established that college students who participate in campus professional organizations report that their educational experience is enhanced and they are better able to make a successful transition to the world of work. In this study, family...
Broke: How Debt Bankrupts the Middle Class
Broke: How Debt Bankrupts the Middle Class By Katherine Porter Published by Stanford University Press, Stanford, CA (2012). $80.00 ($24.95 paper)Reviewed by Jean M. LownBroke: How Debt Bankrupts the Middle Chss tells the stories of debtors who filed...
Cultural Competency: Globally and Locally
Listen to the news. Read of world events. Follow threaded discussions of changes all over the world. Observe social networking playing a role in revolutions around the globe. We do indeed live in a global society with diverse cultures, races, and ways...
Educated Tastes: Food, Drink, and Connoisseur Culturey
Educated Tastes: Food, Drink, and Connoisseur Culturey Edited and with an introduction by Jeremy Strong (2011) Published by University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln, NE (2011). $35Reviewed by Alice SpanglerThis book is a series of 10 essays that explore...
Family & Consumer Sciences Spotlighted at White House Summit
On May 10, the White House hosted a Summit on Financial Capability and Empowerment, aimed at empowering Americans to make informed financial decisions. High-level financial, government, community, business, and education leaders convened for the Summit...
Glocalization: What Does It Mean for Cultural Diversity?
I am honored to serve as editor of the Journal of Family & Consumer Sciences. I was editor of the Journal from 1998 to 2000 and have enjoyed learning about the changes in both the Journal and AAFCS since then. I wish to extend my appreciation to...
Our Influence . . . Our Attitudes . . . Our Behaviors
Throughout the past months, I have delivered numerous talks to persons attending AAFCS affiliate meetings and conferences organized by the Colleges of Human Ecology. The focus of my presentations has been "Yes You Can! Be All You Can Be."As I finish...
PANTONE®: The 20th Century in Color
PANTONE®: The 20th Century in Color By Leatrice Eiseman and Keith Recker (2011) Published by Chronicle Books, San Francisco, CA (2011). $40Reviewed by Kathy MitchellEiseman and Recker lead the reader through the 20th century with a procession of hues,...
Potato: A Global History/Lobster: A Global History
Potato: A Global History By Andrew F. Smith (2011) Lobster: A Global History By Elisabeth Townsend (2011) Published by Reaktion Books, London, UK; distributed by University of Chicago Press (2011). $15.95 eachBoth books reviewed by Carolyn M. BednarAndrew...
Rayon's Introduction to U.S. Consumers, 1911-1924
Before the turn of the 20th century, only four natural fibers were used to make most clothing: cotton, linen, wool, and silk. With the introduction of rayon, the first manufactured regenerated fiber, science revolutionized the fashion and apparel industry....
Reflections
Want a Better Image for Family & Consumer Sciences? Here's How.Ever read one of those articles or interviews on why Home Ec should be brought back? Don't you just want to scream, "You don't have to bring us back, we're here; we're alive and well...
Sharpening Our Focus on Family Life Education: Evidence-Based Curricula for Strengthening Close Relationships
In the past 40 years, individuals' close relationships, marriages, and families have undergone dramatic changes. The development and maintenance of strong interpersonal relationships, particularly close romantic relationships, are known to associate...
Student Unit News
Connecting Professionals. Touching Lives.Connections matter. Need proof? Let's take a look at the story of AAFCS' summer intern, Muhammad Masud. How many connections can you spot?Muhammad is a student at the University of Georgia, majoring in consumer...
The Ethics of Care: A Feminist Approach to Human Security
The Ethics of Care: A Feminist Approach to Human Security By Fiona Robinson Published by Temple university Press, Phihdelphia, PA (2011). $24.95Reviewed by Jody L. RoubanisFiona Robinson provides important contributions to the literature on human security...
Utilizing On-Campus Foodservice Facilities as a Laboratory
In 2008, the Family and Consumer Sciences Department at Bradley University recognized the need to improve the quality of the laboratory experience in foodservice classes. A hands-on, real-world, learning experience was desired. Simultaneously, the university...
Youth Mentoring: Program and Mentor Best Practices
Youth mentoring programs have been on the rise for the past few decades, yet little has been done to synthesize best practices, as identified in existing research, for programs or mentors to follow. In a review of the literature on mentoring, eight different...