Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) Education is foundational life education, with the goal of improving the student’s ability to be successful in today’s world. This instruction (commonly referred to as “life literacy”) begins at the middle level and continues into the secondary school through the FCS content areas of nutrition and wellness; interpersonal relationships; child development; parenting; consumer, personal and family finance; and more which are instrumental in helping students develop into successful career and life managers.
21st Century Process Skills:
“Because of the rapid changes both technological and social, it is becoming less possible to operate our lives effectively using old paradigms. The learners today will be living in a society that will require its citizens to think constructively, make sound decisions, solve problems, access information and take responsibility for their own lives. The educational challenge is to build essential skills for learners in preparation for adult life.” ~Personal and Family Wellness Task Force, 1996
Since 1996, middle and secondary level FCS Education has followed a process-based instruction model. All content is taught while instilling the eight process skills to help students make sense of this information-heavy society in which we live. These eight process skills include: Cooperation, Decision Making, Problem Solving, Leadership, Critical Thinking, Creativity, Goal Setting, and Management. Research has indicated success in developing these skills when the FCS classroom involves quality Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) activities. In addition, more recently, these skills have been embraced by the educational system at large due to the needs of industry. For these reasons, Family and Consumer Sciences is strategically prepared to serve a vital role in the development of students to become college, career and life ready.
The Common Career and Technical Core (CCTC) has identified 12 Career Ready Practices which provide a framework for the developmental experiences necessary to becoming career ready– experiences that can be “practiced” using many different approaches in a variety of settings. Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) life literacy initiatives directly address these career ready practices and can be considered an appropriate “first step”. Additional enhancement of these skills occurs within the FCS related occupational coursework and Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) experiences.
The document below can be helpful when seeing the direct link to the FCS classroom. As you review the document, it is helpful to note the BOLD FONT items are considered concepts needing to be understood before the career ready practices skills can be developed. Red font items are considered uniquely addressed only through Family and Consumer Sciences Education. FCCLA activities are also included to show the Career and Technical Student Organizations relationship and authentic applications within the FCS discipline.
Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) Education addresses many of the issues of concern in today’s society. Research indicates a need for strategies of prevention which can collectively impact our society in positive ways. FCS in Kansas has courses in place which address these needs. In addition, when the FCS classroom content is expanded through authentic experiences found in the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) student organization, the impact is strengthened.
Q1. FCS Ed Addresses Employability in the Helping Professions
Q2. FCS Ed Addresses Healthy Relationships
Q3. FCS Ed Addresses Personal and Family Finance
Q4. FCS Ed Addresses Obesity and Health/Safety
Answer: Nutrition and Wellness includes a study of basic nutrition and wellness decisions which is a determining factor in individual health and those they interact with. Food preparation is included which has been linked to prevention of obesity.
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