ERIC Number: EJ1049519
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Key Concepts of Environmental Sustainability: Knowledge and Confidence Levels of FCS Teachers
Harden, Amy J.; Friesen, Carol A.; Thompson, Nancy E.
Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences, v106 n3 p28-35 2014
Family and consumer sciences (FCS) is a logical discipline to promote environmental sustainability within the family because it is recognized as helping people make informed decisions about the well-being of individuals and their relationships and resources to achieve optimal quality of life.The objective of this article was to measure the knowledge and confidence levels of FCS professionals in preparing and presenting sustainability concepts within the FCS curriculum. Results of a small pilot study (pre-and posttest) revealed that FCS professionals entered this study with a high level of knowledge of key sustainability concepts, but a lower level of confidence in their ability to integrate these concepts into the curriculum. After attending an educational session on teaching sustainability in FCS, their confidence increased significantly. Professional development opportunities are needed that focus on creative ways to teach professionals about how to integrate key sustainability concepts into the FCS curriculum. Various suggestions to achieve this goal are provided.
Descriptors: Sustainability, Environmental Education, Consumer Science, Knowledge Base for Teaching, Fundamental Concepts, Self Efficacy, Pretests Posttests, Teacher Education Programs, Integrated Curriculum, Teacher Surveys
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