The National Standards for Family & Consumer Sciences

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Family and Consumer Sciences is a broad area that covers a variety of crucial skills related family life and various careers. Learn more about the national standards that guide this curriculum and find additional resources to help you learn about these subject areas.

Goals for the National Standards in Family and Consumer Sciences

The National Association of State Administrators of Family and Consumer Sciences (NASAFACS) has developed a set of national standards to ensure that the field of family and consumer sciences addresses a broad range of family, community, and social issues. The standards provide a structured knowledge base for each individual area of study within all family and consumer sciences.

National Standards Structure

The national standards are divided among 16 areas of study. Each area includes a number of content standards that outline the essential skills and knowledge that students are expected to obtain. These content standards are further divided into competencies, which elaborate specific tasks and skills that relate to each standard.

Areas Of Study

Below are the individual areas of study and a synopsis of the content standards for each. Also included are links to courses and lessons that can help you build your knowledge of these areas. Explore the topics in depth through text and video lessons that break down the material into easy-to-grasp components. Also included are practice quizzes to test your growing skills.

  • 1.0 Career, Community and Family Connections: Standards call for students to develop and analyze strategies for managing various responsibilities within different facets of life, such as individually or within a family, broader community, or workplace. Students are asked to evaluate the effects of community interaction both on the family and individual levels. Students must demonstrate skills that can be used in community, school, and occupational settings.
  • 2.0 Consumer and Family Resources: Students should learn to properly manage key resources, including food, shelter, healthcare, and more. Students focus on analyzing these resources and how families and individuals use these them. Also covered is how technology influences the use of these resources and consumer decisions.
    • Consumer Economics teaches students about product liability, consumer rights, and buying behavior.
  • 3.0 Consumer Services: This area of study focuses on different job prospects in the consumer service field. In addition to learning about product development and financial planning, students also delve into consumer advocacy. Waste management in relation to resource consumption should also be covered.
    • Personal Finance helps students get a grasp on topics including economics, money management, interest rates, and more.
  • 4.0 Education and Early Childhood: Standards focus on developing safe and effective learning environments for children. Being able to implement curriculum and other plans in order to successfully address the needs and interests of children is heavily stressed.
  • 5.0 Facilities Management and Maintenance: As a part of learning to maintain and manage a facility, students should be instructed in safety procedures such as waste and hazardous material disposal. Students also learn to successfully plan for housekeeping and other facility needs.
  • 6.0 Family: Studies the characteristics of family life and how they affect individuals and society.
  • 7.0 Family and Community Services: Students should demonstrate awareness the various conditions that can take a toll on individuals and families as well as strategies for providing services that can assuage these problems.
  • 8.0 Food Production and Services: This area outlines proper standards regarding sanitation and food preparation. Additionally, students should show an awareness of ways to develop specific menus in order to properly provide for the needs of the customers or family.
  • 9.0 Food Science, Dietetics, and Nutrition: Carrying over from the previous topic, standards delve further into the principles of nutrition and food science as a whole. Students are asked to develop skills that help them provide proper nutrition for consumers. Students should learn the fundamentals of applying nutritional therapy. Food presentation and other topics related to food are also looked at.
    • Science of Nutrition examines nutrients and nutrient deficiencies, diet planning, and the digestive system.
  • 10.0 Hospitality, Tourism, and Recreation: Standards focus on a wide skill set related to providing the proper services in each field. Students must demonstrate knowledge of safety procedures related to these fields. Event planning is also addressed.
  • 11.0 Housing and Interior Design: This area focuses on key design and housing concepts for a variety of structures. Standards also stress the ability of students to analyze and distinguish various designs in order to better address the needs of the client. Students should also learn how to apply these concepts in the housing and design industry.
  • 12.0 Human Development: Students should learn the principles and influences of human development throughout life. They should understand methods for encouraging growth and development within individuals, families, and other social environments.
  • 13.0 Interpersonal Relationships: The core functions and development of positive relationships should be carefully studied. Students are asked to examine how communication, personal needs, and other factors shape interpersonal relations. Students also need to apply conflict resolution or prevention techniques, in addition to teamwork and other communication skills.
  • 14.0 Nutrition and Wellness: These standards focus on how nutrition influences the health of families and individuals. Students should be able to analyze factors related to food safety. They should also be able to apply their skills to ensure that individuals and families obtain proper nutrition.
  • 15.0 Parenting: This group of standards asks students to analyze the function of parenting and how it contributes to human growth. Students analyze how such things as communication, community resources, and other factors contribute to growth. Ways to foster effective parenting strategies are also addressed.
  • 16.0 Textiles, Fashion, and Apparel: This broad area of study examines everything from fashion design to alterations and repair. The goal is to have a good overall understanding of the different aspects of this field. Students also learn the standards behind effective apparel merchandizing and how to evaluate various textiles for quality and effect.

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