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Thompson, Nancy E.; Harden, Amy J.; Clauss, Barbara; Fox, Wanda S.; Wild, Peggy – Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences, 2012
It is the vision of the American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences to be "recognized as the driving force in bringing people together to improve the lives of individuals, families, and communities" (AAFCS, 2010). Because of this focus on individuals and families and its well-established presence in American schools, family and consumer…
Descriptors: Ethics, Learning Strategies, Educational Change, Community Leaders
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Saiki, Diana; Nam, Jinhee; Beck, Jessica – Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences, 2012
This article highlights the structure, procedures, and outcomes of a course organized using a student-directed learning approach to develop an online exhibition website as an outcome for a client. The teaching strategy required students to work in teams and carefully plan assignments to build on the development of the exhibition. Students said…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Sustainability, Time Management, Student Centered Curriculum
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Kinsey, Joanne; Sovich, Cynthia Rossi; Stanton, Jane; Sowers, Margaret – Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences, 2012
The foundation and impetus for a sustained professional development program offering 44 graduate courses serving 641 FCS educators (approximately 50% returning participants) in Pennsylvania and the surrounding area were the six assumptions of Knowles related to the motivation of adult learners. Education researcher Malcolm Knowles asserts that…
Descriptors: Adult Learning, Adult Students, Andragogy, Summer Programs
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Makela, Carole J. – Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences, 2012
Many pioneers in family and consumer sciences (FCS) are not recognized for what they accomplished. How evident this became as the author learned of a home economist who preceded many members and did so much for her state and its people during much of the 1900s. The author read an article from "New Mexico Magazine" which features three…
Descriptors: Females, Extension Agents, Home Economics, Consumer Science
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Moore, Cynthia K.; Andrews, Frances E. – Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences, 2012
Cultural Celebration was a quantity foods class project with embedded problem-based learning that involved a departmental event planned and catered by students and their instructor each fall semester for 5 consecutive years. It provided a creative way to meet outcome measures assigned to a junior/senior level course required in the dietetics and…
Descriptors: Liberal Arts, Outcome Measures, Class Activities, Problem Based Learning
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Morrison, Kathryn; Saboe-Wounded Head, Lorna; Cho, Soo Hyun – Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences, 2012
Forty-six Consumer Affairs (CA) internship supervisors were surveyed to identify critical knowledge and skills demonstrated by interns and to examine the importance of knowledge and skills needed in the workplace from the supervisors' perspectives.The knowledge and skills measured were identified through program goals. Results revealed that CA…
Descriptors: Cultural Pluralism, Ethics, Speech Communication, Consumer Science
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Dallmeyer, Martha A. – Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences, 2012
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 administration wanted to provide an on-campus foodservice for students from 8:00 p.m. to…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Food Service, Learning Experience, Laboratories
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Shirley, Lindsey; Roark, Mark F.; Lewis, Lisa – Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences, 2012
Utah State University Cooperative Extension programming, provided through the historic land-grant system, is one method used to meet the needs of residents located in rural communities. Residents in a Central Utah county need Cooperative Extension programs to address the health and wellness of their rural community. According to the Utah…
Descriptors: Partnerships in Education, Physical Activities, Extension Education, Extension Agents
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Kohl, Mary Jo – Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences, 2012
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 family and consumer sciences (FCS) teachers, the Ohio Department of Education FCS consultant…
Descriptors: Professional Development, Seminars, Consumer Science, Internet
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Rue, Lisa; Chandran, Raj; Pannu, Aman; Bruce, David; Singh, Rana; Traxler, Karen – Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences, 2012
Outcomes associated with an abstinence education intervention were evaluated using a single group design with a 12-month longitudinal follow-up. The intervention group of adolescents ages 12-14 years (N = 427) were enrolled in an 11.5-hour abstinence education intervention offered during the school day. Significant differences were found in the…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Middle School Students, Sexuality, Intervention
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Boor, Mari L.; Bergh, Karen; Alexander, Karen L.; Allison, Barbara; Johnson, Virginia Clark; Couch, Sue; DeBates, Debra; Johnson, Julie – Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences, 2012
Approximately 5 million secondary students take family and consumer sciences (FCS) classes in the United States each year (AAFCS, 2012). Most states reported a shortage of FCS teachers (Werhan & Way, 2006). Programs to prepare FCS teachers are essential to maintaining the pool of teachers, but they are becoming scarce. One potential source of…
Descriptors: Consumer Education, Consumer Science, Electronic Learning, Educational Technology
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Roofe, Nina L. – Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences, 2012
Qualitative research was conducted with undergraduate nutrition majors at the University of Central Arkansas to explore the impact of service-learning on personal and professional development. After participating in the program, the dietetic students (n 20) wrote reflection papers. The personal impact sections of the reflections were coded and…
Descriptors: Service Learning, Nutrition, Majors (Students), Undergraduate Students
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Toews, Michelle L.; Yazedjian, Ani – Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences, 2012
This study examined gender differences in college students' knowledge, attitudes, and sexual behaviors of 1,004 predominantly heterosexual students. Results indicated that students had limited knowledge about contraceptives and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Females had a more positive view about contraceptives and males had more…
Descriptors: Sexuality, Females, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Males
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Bartley, Sharon Jeffcoat; Abdul-Rahman, Fahzy; Cummings, Merrilyn N.; O'Brien, David P. – Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences, 2011
Commonalities exist between family and consumer sciences (FCS) middle and secondary teachers and Cooperative Extension Service (CES) state and county faculty. From educational backgrounds to the content and societal issues of concern, FCS teachers and CES faculty follow similar paths, with differences in the audiences they reach and the settings…
Descriptors: Home Economics, Extension Education, Advisory Committees, Consumer Science
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Alexander, Karen L.; Davis, Kimberlee – Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences, 2011
This study used the Delphi method to identify trends of importance to family and consumer sciences (FCS) education. A panel of 21 FCS education experts identified 16 trends and evaluated them by importance, desirability, feasibility, and confidence in validity of the trend. Nutrition appeared as a top priority, followed by consumer economics. The…
Descriptors: Delphi Technique, Consumer Science, Consumer Economics, Educational Trends
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