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ERIC Number: EJ1072285
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 20
ISSN: ISSN-1082-1651
Improving Students' Familiarity with the Family and Consumer Sciences Body of Knowledge (FCS-BOK)
Walker, Jane; Williams-Wheeler, Meeshay; Lee, Sung-Jin
Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences, v107 n3 p41-49 2015
Because the family and consumer sciences body of knowledge (FCS-BOK) is the framework for the profession, students' familiarity with the FCS-BOK has implications for the profession. Using pre- (N = 78) and posttest (N = 43) data from students enrolled in an "Introduction to Family and Consumer Sciences" (FCS 160) undergraduate student success course, the researchers examined whether intentionally planning the course so it focused on the BOK led students to improve their familiarity with the FCS-BOK. Virtually all participants were female African American students, and they were either freshmen or sophomores. Significant mean differences (i.e., mean increases) were found between pre- and posttests in students' familiarity on 10 of the 11 FCS-BOK definitional statements; that is, students expressed increased familiarity with virtually all dimensions of the BOK after taking the course, which was intentionally designed to increase their familiarity. Recommendations for future studies are provided.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina