Contemporary Living explores the issues facing students and provides the information needed to make wise decisions. The text addresses 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. Students gain critical-thinking skills while they learn about alternatives to different situations so they can make the best choices for themselves.
Math, technology, and other academic skills are developed through included activities.
Career features throughout the book are linked back to the appropriate career cluster.
FCCLA activities are found at the end of every chapter, linking text content to organizational projects and events.
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.