Family & Consumer Sciences
John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
In 2014, Family and Consumer Sciences teachers in Utah revised the Food and Nutrition Sciences curriculum to strengthen Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)‐related content. This study is a needs assessment of the state implementation of the STEM‐enhanced curriculum in 2015–2016. A Borich needs assessment model was used to analyze mean weighted discrepancy scores between teacher‐perceived levels of importance and teacher‐perceived competence for each objective in the new curriculum. The results showed that although teachers felt moderately competent to teach the new curriculum, the highest ranked need for professional development was in Standard 1: Kitchen Safety Procedures and Sanitation. Professional development in STEM‐related content should be conducted with Family and Consumer Sciences teachers in Utah.
Merrill, C. A. and Lawver, R. G. (2019), Integration of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math into a Food and Nutrition Curriculum in Utah. Fam Consum Sci Res J, 48: 37-51. doi:10.1111/fcsr.12326