Degree Type

Dissertation

Date of Award

2008

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy

Department

Apparel, Events and Hospitality Management

First Advisor

Robert Bosselman

Second Advisor

Leah C. Keino

Third Advisor

Sara B. Marcketti

Abstract

The purpose of this qualitative study was to identify and analyze themes related to the perceptions of high school guidance counselors regarding family and consumer sciences (FCS) courses to understand their potential influence on students. Utilizing a descriptive case study approach, the researcher interviewed eight guidance counselors from eastern Iowa to determine their perceptions and understandings of FCS programs.;The data analysis indicated these guidance counselors assume many duties and responsibilities in their roles assisting secondary level students in reaching academic, career, and personal/social goals. Although the findings revealed guidance counselors have limited knowledge of the practice settings and opportunities available in FCS, guidance counselors are supportive of and believe in the value of FCS programming.;With the continued shortage of FCS education instructors it is imperative to consider the role of the high school guidance counselor in influencing the career choices of students in FCS programs. This researcher encouraged local FCS instructors to be vigilant in providing guidance counselors with information and understanding necessary to accurately present FCS careers as a possible career choice to students; to encourage guidance counselors to promote FCS courses, educational opportunities, and career opportunities; to be themselves current on FCS information; and to utilize marketing strategies to educate counselors, students, and the community about the programs offered through FCS Education.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.31274/rtd-180813-16929

Publisher

Digital Repository @ Iowa State University, http://lib.dr.iastate.edu/

Copyright Owner

Valarie L. Betz

Language

en

Proquest ID

AAI3316245

OCLC Number

276297099

ISBN

9780549688945

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

223 pages

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