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ERIC Number: EJ1230932
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019-Sep
Pages: 16
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1082-1651
Paradigms and Normativity: What "Should" FCS Do in Light of 21st Century Change?
McGregor, Sue L.T.
Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences, v111 n3 p10-25 Sep 2019
This issue's theme is "shifting paradigms" in family and consumer sciences (FCS) professional practice. This can mean that things in the world are moving around and changing, people are moving from one way of seeing the world to another, or some combination. The question posed for this issue was "What is FCS doing and how is what they are doing changing per these paradigms?" The intent is to explore the nature of this question, not to provide an answer. This article provides an overview of the main challenges to America's individual and familial well-being (framed as wicked problems). The discussion then turns to what constitutes a normative (should) perspective (including value judgments and practical reasoning). A discussion of the relationship between ideologies and paradigms follows, including the process of shifting paradigms. This article suggests four different ways FCS professionals should expand their practice so they can better address 21st century wicked problems.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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