Using Thrifted Garments as a Learning Tool in an Introductory Textiles Course

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Using thrifted garments for analysis in an introductory textiles course was designed to increase transfer of learning. Prior to the introduction of the assignment, students had difficulty transferring the information into contexts beyond lab samples provided in class. This assignment was created so students could apply course content to garments that they selected. Students were asked to purchase garments to cut up and analyze throughout the semester. At the end of the semester, each student assembled the results into a final report. Adding analysis of thrifted garments to the course gave students a real-life application for textbook concepts. The students’ selection of their own garments for the project increased student engagement. The project was effective for student learning, as they were able to practice skills learned in class on garments they had chosen, while receiving direction and feedback.

How to Cite:

Armstead, C., (2018) “Using Thrifted Garments as a Learning Tool in an Introductory Textiles Course”, International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference Proceedings 75(1).

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Published on
01 Jan 2018
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