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ERIC Number: EJ1072278
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1082-1651
Promoting Strong Community Alliances with Public Schools
Swafford, Melinda; Ramsey, Elizabeth; Self-Mullens, Lizabeth
Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences, v107 n2 p18-22 2015
Family and consumer sciences (FCS) professionals utilize the body of knowledge (BOK) as they support individuals, families, and communities. The BOK uses an ecological perspective, with emphasis on individual and family well-being. This holistic approach identifies interdependence of the environmental layers that must be considered when analyzing and viewing the behavior of and interaction among individuals, families, communities, and other environmental systems as they act and make decisions in the context of their daily lives (American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences [AAFCS], 2001). The purpose of this paper is to illustrate how the ecological perspective (an essential element of the FCS body of knowledge) can be used to conceptualize and analyze strategies that link schools with communities, especially school adoption programs. Insights from such efforts help FCS practitioners build strong, resilient individuals and families. Such insights are essential in understanding the relationships between schools and community organizations when they work together to meet the needs that are beyond the scope of the school. A case study prepared by one of the authors is featured as a means to showcase this dynamic phenomenon (see Ramsey, 2014).
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Language: English
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