Pedagogy and Professional Development

Engaging fashion majors in the community: Outcomes of a service learning project

  • Kelly Weathers (Western Michigan University)
  • Barbara Frazier (Western Michigan University)


Service learning (SL) is a form of experiential learning that uses community service to enhance program learning outcomes through mutually beneficial activities and student reflection opportunities (Anderson, Royster, Bailey & Reed, 2011). Experiential learning in an SL context provides an opportunity for learners to use acquired discipline knowledge and critical analysis as they participate in a real life activity to derive new learning and insights. Service learning activities also enhance academic curricula and build valuable community-college relationships (Bohn & Schmidt, 2008). This abstract describes university learner outcomes of a successful SL program that connects university and community high school students via a mutual interest in fashion.

Keywords: service learning, community partnerships

How to Cite:

Weathers, K. & Frazier, B., (2013) “Engaging fashion majors in the community: Outcomes of a service learning project”, International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference Proceedings 70(1).

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Published on
01 Jan 2013
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