Other Activities in 1950

1 Leave a comment on paragraph 1 0 The First Interdisciplinary Workshop on Marriage and Family Research took place in Chicago, August 1950. This national workshop was sponsored by NCFR’s Committee on Marriage and Family Research and directed by Evelyn Millis Duvall. Eleven different disciplines were represented: from biology, anthropology, economics, experimental psychology, and religious education;  as well as law, educational psychology, home economics education, human development, child development/parent education, and sociology. Attendees came from 14 states. The workshop discussed the differences in conceptual systems that affect the approach to family data, the diversity of interests, and semantic obstacles to communication. The motto became “Enriched unity out of disciplinary diversity.”  A complete report on the procedures and outcomes was written by Reuben Hill in the winter issue of Marriage and Family Living (Vol. 13, No. 1, p. 13).  This planted the seeds for what would eventually become the Research and Theory Workshop of NCFR.

2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 International involvement: In 1950, David Mace encouraged NCFR to align with European colleagues. He was the newly appointed chair of the Committee on International Liaison. NCFR thus affiliated with the International Union of Family Organizations, an nongovernmental organization of the United Nations. Mace was the first representative of NCFR to attend the meetings.

3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 Family life education: This was a period of intense interest and vibrant activity in family life education. Teacher’s kits were developed for sale, and active evaluations of college programs were conducted as well as an emphasis placed on family counseling.


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