Description for FCS 2021 Conference:
This break-out session will use history and future planning to find and sustain balance in the midst of current change. Whether our work and position title are more along the lines of traditional Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) programming that covers all three healthies or particular to one of the healthies or specific to community nutrition (which all fall under the broad umbrella of FCS), this session will touch upon themes among all three healthies. The need to understand, relate and promote FCS is important to all of us for this field of work. We are fortunate to learn from history as well as be able to make action plans for a successful future.
This session will use the newly published book (2021) The Secret History of Home Economics: How Trailblazing Women Harnessed the Power of Home and Changed the Way We Live by Danielle Dreilinger as a source to look at where we’ve been and where we are going. Although the presenters recommend the book as a good read, participants to this session do not have to read the book beforehand. The co-presenters will offer a short history of Home Economics through Family and Consumer Sciences in the United States, highlight some of the great successes, conflicts and changes from the mid1800s through current time.
Dreilinger lists five recommendations in the conclusion of her book. Participants will review the recommendations and share how we can promote this valuable profession.
- Discover inspiring (often untold) stories from the past professionals
in our field of work
- Learn from the past as we create present and future healthy lifework balance
- Use Dreilinger’s five recommendations in the conclusion to inspire a 5-step action plan
- Be inspired to add their current professional story to the contemporary narrative of FCS
Patrice Powers-Barker, OSU FCS Educator, Lucas County firstname.lastname@example.org
Melissa J. Rupp, OSU FCS Educator, Fulton County email@example.com
References from the presentation:
- Dreiliger, D. (2021). The Secret History of Home Economics: How Trailblazing Women Harnessed the Power of Home and Changed the Way We Live. W W Norton and Co.
- About AAFCS (2021). American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences. https://www.aafcs.org/advertise/about-aafcs
- Connie Cahill, Ohio Agricultural Council https://ohioagcouncil.org/connie-cahill/
- Donnan, R. (1954). The Beginning of Agricultural Extension Work in Northwestern Ohio. Northwest Ohio Quarterly. The Historical Society of Northwestern Ohio Toledo. Vol XXVI No. 1, winter 1954
- Nickols, S., Ralston, A., Anderson, C., Browne, L. Morgan, Schroeder, G., Thomas, S., Wild, P. (2009). The Family and Consumer Sciences Body of Knowledge and the Cultural Kaleidoscope: Research Opportunities and Challenges. Family and Consumer Sciences Research Journal, Vol. 37, No. 3, March 2009 266-283 https://higherlogicdownload.s3.amazonaws.com/AAFCS/82f10d53-1c37-4fa4-a958-92fa0ea974be/UploadedImages/About/BOK-Nickols.pdf
- Simerly, C., Ralston, P., Harriman, L. (2000). The Scottdale initiative: positioning the profession for the 21st century. Journal of Family & Consumer Sciences; Vol. 92 Issue 1, p75-80 OSU Library
- Where the heart is: The evolution of family science. (2015). Concordia University, St. Paul. https://online.csp.edu/blog/family-science/evolution-family-science/