Contemporary Living is the perfect choice to present a fresh look at life in today's world. This text provides practical information for students to explore important topics such as personal development, relationships with family and friends, career options, healthful living, relating to peers, dealing with family crises, and managing family living. The objective, sensitive presentation of contemporary issues facing today's students gives them the information they need to make wise decisions.
Verdene Ryder - is a nationally recognized author and family life specialist. In addition to being an author of Contemporary Living, she is also the coauthor of the popular parenting text, Parents and Their Children, and a text titled Human Sexuality: Responsible Life Choices. She is often consulted in interviews on radio and TV relating to family life issues. Verdene Ryder has extensive teaching experience at both the high school and university levels. She is a member of several professional organizations and has received numerous academic and leadership awards. A scholarship is named in her honor to enable low-income women to attend college. Verdene Ryder has a master's degree in Family and Community Health.
Majorie B. Harter, Ph.D. - is a family life education and publications consultant who has written extensively and conducted numerous teacher education workshops on family life topics. A former family and consumer sciences teacher, she has developed classroom curricula for nonprofit organizations in the areas of teen pregnancy prevention and population education as well as general family life education. Dr. Harter has also served as editor of several family and consumer sciences periodicals, including the former Journal of Home Economics. She is currently serving as a writer and editor for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.