Business Owners' Perspectives on Essential FCS Employee Skills
The purpose of this exploratory qualitative study was to ascertain business owners' perspectives regarding essential family and consumer sciences (FCS) employee skills. Surveys were mailed to owners (N = 385) of apparel, interior design, and human services businesses. Using a 3-point rating scale, business owners rated the importance of employee knowledge, skills, and practices, based on the National Association of State Administrators of Family and Consumer Sciences (NASAFACS) National Standards, and then answered two clarifying questions. Over a 3-month span, 47 surveys (12%) were completed and returned. Data were compiled and analyzed using Excel, and comments were analyzed to generate themes. The average ratings on a 3-point scale suggest that the NASAFACS Standards represent essential employee skills: interpersonal relationships (2.74); children/family and human development (2.5); textiles/fashion/apparel (2.45); and, housing/interior design (2.12). Results suggest the need for further research into the continued use of the NASAFACS National Standards for preparing FCS graduates for rapidly changing FCS-related careers.
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Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: September 1, 2015
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