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Doctor of Philosophy


Apparel, Events and Hospitality Management

First Advisor

Yvonne S. Gentzler

Second Advisor

Larry Ebbers

Third Advisor

Beverly Kruempel


The goal of this study was to examine the development of passion for the profession of family and consumer sciences (FCS) in three undergraduate students majoring in FCS education. The first purpose was to ascertain an understanding of participants' identification with FCS education and their decisions to declare it as a major. The second purpose was to examine the participants' knowledge of the content with an understanding of the integrative nature of the FCS profession. The third purpose was to identify the participants' motivation and passion for being FCS educators.;Narrative inquiry was used to investigate the participants' lived experiences of the journey to FCS education. Themes that emerged included: pivotal moments in the journey, first exposure to FCS, advising and academic experiences in FCS, family background and influences, God's plan for selecting FCS education, participants' interpretations of the mission of the FCS profession, their development of personal missions, benefits of being FCS educators, passion for FCS, and commitment to FCS education.;A result of the research was the development of the process of developing passion for family and consumer sciences education model. The model depicts five steps in the process of developing passion for FCS education. The first step, identify, involved identifying FCS education as a program of study. The second step, knowledge, required that participants develop knowledge of the FCS content with an understanding of the integrative nature of the FCS profession. The third step, personal and professional alignment, involved participants interpreting the mission of the profession, internalizing those interpretations, and developing personal missions aligned with their interpretations. Motivation was the fourth step in the process of developing passion for FCS education. Alignment with the profession's mission and personal interpretations of that mission provided the motivation for the participants to pursue FCS education. This motivation led to the development of commitment, the fifth step in the process of developing passion for FCS education. As the researcher, I am led to believe that passionate professionals are more likely to demonstrate their commitment to the profession and that passion will be the propelling force that motivates them to become advocates for anything that may challenge their personal and professional missions. Developing passion for FCS education is a process beginning with the first step of identifying the FCS education major. Passion continues to develop as one progresses through the aforementioned five steps.;This study reveals the importance of providing inspiring educational and advising experiences within programs of study at the undergraduate level and encouraging the development of commitment in future professionals who will become leaders in their chosen fields.



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