American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, 400 North Columbus Street, Suite 202, Alexandria, VA 22314. Tel: 703-706-4600.
Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
In recent years, FCCLA has updated all of its resources, culminating with the latest release, the "Career Connection and Leaders at Work CD-ROM." Curriculum integration has been a key focus of the updating project, and today each national FCCLA program is supported by materials custom-designed for use in family and consumer sciences (FCS) classrooms. But the "secret" to integrated FCCLA success goes beyond program-related learning activities and worksheets. At the heart of FCCLA is student involvement in projects that they conceive, plan, implement, and evaluate. Georgia adviser Leslie Brook discovered many rewards when students in her child development and parenting class created the project "There's No Excuse for Dating Abuse." As part of her unit on child abuse, Brook required students to plan and conduct a project related to one type of domestic violence. She introduced them to the national FCCLA program, "Families First," and students expressed strong interest in its "Meet the Challenge" unit. Students not only mastered child abuse information, but also felt good about their accomplishments and continue to ask for similar projects in other classes. (Contains a list of 8 resources.)