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ERIC Number: EJ1123826
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1082-1651
Critical Thinking Skills in Family and Consumer Sciences Education
Swafford, Melinda; Rafferty, Elizabeth
Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences, v108 n4 p13-17 2016
Family and consumer sciences (FCS) is an interdisciplinary study of the relationships between humans and their social, natural, and built environments. Critical thinking has been a vital part of the profession since its beginning. Ellen Swallow Richards founded the discipline in 1899 on the premise of improving quality of life for individuals, families, and communities by using critical thinking skills. The postmodern perspective of the profession integrates knowledge and applies science to complex issues facing families in society (Richards, 2000). Using this perspective, FCS educators help individuals use critical thinking to make informed decisions about well-being, relationships, and resources to achieve optimal quality of life. The National Association of State Administrators for Family and Consumer Sciences (NASAFCS) advocates critical thinking skills to promote reasoning for technical, interpretive, and reflective action on a problem while connecting academic and FCS content in the classroom (NASAFCS, 2008).
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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