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Can Creativity Be Taught?: Exploring The Impact Of Creative Thinking Challenges, Dr. Jennifer Harmon Jan 2018

Can Creativity Be Taught?: Exploring The Impact Of Creative Thinking Challenges, Dr. Jennifer Harmon

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Creativity is forecasted to be an essential skill for college graduates by 2020. In this study, the impact on creativity, as measured by performance on creative uses activities and creative achievement, was analyzed after students completed creative thinking challenges. Results from the study indicated that creative achievement improved, but not creative uses. Additionally, students expressed a variety of sentiments about the creative thinking challenges.


Homesick, Tara Efobi, Ellen Mckinney Jan 2018

Homesick, Tara Efobi, Ellen Mckinney

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Design Mentor Statement: This ensemble was completed as part of a class project in a senior level creative design class that I taught. The goal of the project was for students to explore methods of fabric manipulation and combine two or more methods into a creative ensemble. Each student completed a sample notebook of at least ten different fabric manipulation techniques. Each student also engaged in a fashion research process, documented through a 20-page sketchbook, and culminating in a mood board (Figure 1). Students made patterns, first samples, and final garments. Students were mentored through multiple one-on-one check-ins and informal ...


Black Coffee Gossip, Carolyn Simon, Ellen Mckinney Jan 2018

Black Coffee Gossip, Carolyn Simon, Ellen Mckinney

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Design Mentor Statement: This work was a class project in my creative design processes class. Students were challenged to incorporate two or more fabric manipulation techniques into a wearable art ensemble based on their design research. Each student engaged in an extensive design research process, seeking information from a variety of visual, verbal, 2D, and 3D sources. From the research, students created 20 sketchbook pages, juxtaposing images and text from a wide range of sources with their own inspiration sketches. Each student created a mood board (Figure 1), their patterns, first sample, and final ensemble. Students were mentored with formative ...


Educational And Social Psychological Outcomes Of A Stem Program For Adolescent Girls, Jennifer Paff Ogle, Karen H. Hyllegard, Juyeon Park Jan 2018

Educational And Social Psychological Outcomes Of A Stem Program For Adolescent Girls, Jennifer Paff Ogle, Karen H. Hyllegard, Juyeon Park

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The purpose of this research was to explore how participation in Fashion FUNdamentals (FF) shaped girls' interest and confidence in the STEM disciplines, their STEM learning, and their feelings about themselves. FF is a two-week, no-cost, summer program (M-F, 9 am-5 pm) targeting underserved adolescent girls aged 10-13 years. Fashion FUNdamentals is a unique STEM program insomuch as it frames STEM learning within the context of fashion and includes both technical and social programming. FF has been offered three times (2015-2017) and has served 129 girls. At the conclusion of each year's program, the FF team conducted focus groups ...


Walking Off The Runway To Find One’S Place In The Fashion Market-Developing New Curriculum To Enable Fashion Students To Gain Real-World Experience Outside The Runway, Cathy Starr Jan 2018

Walking Off The Runway To Find One’S Place In The Fashion Market-Developing New Curriculum To Enable Fashion Students To Gain Real-World Experience Outside The Runway, Cathy Starr

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Exposing 3d Printing To Undergraduate Fashion Merchandising Students, Erica Spurgeon, Melissa Abner Jan 2018

Exposing 3d Printing To Undergraduate Fashion Merchandising Students, Erica Spurgeon, Melissa Abner

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3D printing was incorporated into Product Development for Consumers, Apparel Quality Analysis, and Branding and Fashion Technology courses at a Midwestern University. According to recommendations from the SAMR model, 3D printing technology was implemented at a higher level where transformational learning took place. The 3D printer was implemented as an engaging tool to provide higher order thinking, where students can analyze and design tangible items; as opposed to simply learning about a concept. 3D printing not only helped students learn existing course concepts but also provided them with experience using 3D printing technology. Since technology is key to college students ...


Using The Pest Framework To Facilitate Active Learning In Fashion History Class, Melissa Abner, Erica Spurgeon Jan 2018

Using The Pest Framework To Facilitate Active Learning In Fashion History Class, Melissa Abner, Erica Spurgeon

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Fashion history is a common course taught across fashion merchandising and design curriculum. It is difficult to cover mass quantities of information within the semester while keeping the students engaged in the content. At a Midwestern University, multiple active learning strategies were included in the fashion history course including artifact analysis, research projects, music, and virtual tours of related buildings to help students get more engaged with the content. The PEST framework was also used to organize the content and encourage students to critically analyze items of dress according to the historic context of each time period. The PEST analysis ...


A Fashion Buyer’S Role In The 21st Century: A Data-Mining-Based Content Analysis Approach, Md. Rafiqul Islam Rana, Li Zhao Jan 2018

A Fashion Buyer’S Role In The 21st Century: A Data-Mining-Based Content Analysis Approach, Md. Rafiqul Islam Rana, Li Zhao

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Fashion buyers play an integral role in the development and commercial success of a fashion brand or company. With the growing need of 21st century skills and sustainability, incorporating this knowledge and implementing it in all aspects of fashion buying is a neglected area of academic research. Therefore, this paper analyzed the current fashion buying roles that are presently required in the industry and compare them with the 21st century skill sets that are required for achieving sustainability within the fashion buying workplace. Data-mining-based content analysis was conducted in this research. Result show that the most prominent skillset that ...


Omnichannel Innovation Lab: Incorporating Design Thinking Into A Merchandising Course, Minjeong Kim Jan 2018

Omnichannel Innovation Lab: Incorporating Design Thinking Into A Merchandising Course, Minjeong Kim

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This paper illustrates how the Human-Centered Design (HCD) approach (aka. design thinking) was incorporated in the existing merchandising course to foster creativity among students. The five key learning objectives of the Omnichannel Innovation Lab course included; (1) gain a deep understanding of omnichannel retailing, (2) develop ethnographic research skills to gain an empathetic understanding of consumer needs, (3) apply the design thinking process, (4) develop omnichannel innovations and (5) improve collaboration skills.


New Framework Proposal For Sustainable Textile And Apparel Education, Md. Rafiqul Islam Rana, Jung Ha-Brookshire Jan 2018

New Framework Proposal For Sustainable Textile And Apparel Education, Md. Rafiqul Islam Rana, Jung Ha-Brookshire

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This paper offers a conceptual framework to address the importance of incorporating ideation, negotiation, and implementation into Textile and Apparel sustainability curricula in a holistic matter in an effort to accomplish true sustainability. As long as professionals think business decisions are separated from sustainability decisions, sustainability goals will be more likely to be considered secondary goals. Therefore, in this model, researchers emphasize that future sustainable T&A business leaders must possess skill sets to navigate intertwined or sometimes often competing interests of economic, social, and environmental goals. An understanding of different required skillsets would help graduates entering the workforce be ...


Creativity Curriculum And Personality, Dr. Jennifer Harmon Jan 2018

Creativity Curriculum And Personality, Dr. Jennifer Harmon

International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA) Annual Conference Proceedings

Certain personality traits have been previously found to related to higher degree of creativity. Previous research has investigated personality traits in relation to creativity. Specifically, openness to experience and extraversion are related to creativity. The purpose of this research was to investigate how students in a Western University's Design, Merchandising and Textiles program would respond to creative thinking challenges and what role personality traits would play in creativity. From the results of this study, creativity specific curriculum mainly benefits students' understanding the creative process and being pushed outside of their comfort zones. Openness was the only dimension of personality ...


Rutherford Teaching Challenge--Steam Digital Inspiration Boards Assignment, Janet Andrea Blood Jan 2018

Rutherford Teaching Challenge--Steam Digital Inspiration Boards Assignment, Janet Andrea Blood

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2018 Rutherford Teaching Challenge

STEAM Digital Inspiration Boards Assignment


Teaching The Next Generation Of Technical Designers About Cotton Performance Technologies Through A Problem-Based Learning Project, Kristen D. Morris Jan 2018

Teaching The Next Generation Of Technical Designers About Cotton Performance Technologies Through A Problem-Based Learning Project, Kristen D. Morris

International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA) Annual Conference Proceedings

The purpose of this project was to increase students' awareness of advancements by Cotton, Inc. to enhance the functional properties of cotton. In teams of two, students in a technical design course worked on a semester-long project that involved developing an innovative performance apparel ensemble for an underserved market using technologically enhanced cotton fabrics. Students created technical packages for each garment and submitted a comprehensive report documenting the entire design process and outcomes. Fabric and support was provided by Cotton, Inc.. The class was framed by a Problem-Based Learning (PBL) approach in which the students learned about cotton through the ...


Teaching English-Medium Lectures In Korea: Recommendations For Foreign Faculty, Eva Babicheva, Kyu-Hye Lee Jan 2018

Teaching English-Medium Lectures In Korea: Recommendations For Foreign Faculty, Eva Babicheva, Kyu-Hye Lee

International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA) Annual Conference Proceedings

For the past decade, the number of English-medium lectures (EML) in South Korean universities have been steadily increasing. Although the EML policy was introduced to improve students' competitiveness in the globalized job market, its popularity among students and professors remained low. In response, universities began foreign faculty recruits; however, unfamiliarity with Korean education culture and differences related to classroom interaction often led to profound misunderstandings between foreign professors and Korean students. Drawing on existing literature, informal interviews with Clothing and Textiles students enrolled in EML, and in-class observations, this study aims to delineate main issues present in EML classroom and ...


Pedagogical Considerations For Teaching Modern Performance Glove Design, Susan L. Sokolowski, Gary Corr Jan 2018

Pedagogical Considerations For Teaching Modern Performance Glove Design, Susan L. Sokolowski, Gary Corr

International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA) Annual Conference Proceedings

When we teach students how to be apparel designers, we address the user’s needs (performance and aesthetic), body shape and size, ideation, materials selection, pattern development, construction and evaluation to create new products. However, when teaching modern performance glove design, the pedagogical process is undefined. The human hand is a complex interface to create new products for. Literature in the space includes: historical documentation of gloves and glove making, hand anthropometry, methods of evaluating the hand and glove functionality to determine product design opportunities, but the process of linking knowledge together to teach students glove design from start-to-finish, with ...


Designing A Zero-Waste Pattern Cutting Project For Fashion Design Courses, Jennifer Banning, Hae Jin Gam Jan 2018

Designing A Zero-Waste Pattern Cutting Project For Fashion Design Courses, Jennifer Banning, Hae Jin Gam

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Think-Pair-Share: An Active Learning Strategy For Apparel Pattern Drafting, Kirsten Schaefer, Shelley J. Haines, Anika Bhz Kozlowski Jan 2018

Think-Pair-Share: An Active Learning Strategy For Apparel Pattern Drafting, Kirsten Schaefer, Shelley J. Haines, Anika Bhz Kozlowski

International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA) Annual Conference Proceedings

Many first year university fashion design students learning apparel pattern drafting (APD) endure a steep learning curve. An Active Learning approach, using the Think-Pair-Share (TPS) strategy may facilitate a more engaging and productive learning environment. There is a lack of literature that investigates the application of active learning in fashion design education. This study examined whether TPS activities could successfully engage students, facilitate learning, and contribute to a positive classroom experience in a beginner-level APD course.


Re-Imagining The Meta-Goals: In-Conference Worskhop, Mariana Mitova, Barbara J. Frazier Jan 2018

Re-Imagining The Meta-Goals: In-Conference Worskhop, Mariana Mitova, Barbara J. Frazier

International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA) Annual Conference Proceedings

The ITAA Curricular Development and Review Committee hosted a workshop on November 8, 2018 at ITAA’s 2018 annual conference in Cleveland Ohio. The purpose of the session was to gather ideas and opinions from ITAA members regarding the ITAA Meta-goals in preparation for a comprehensive review and revision of the document. The workshop focused on two questions: 1), In what ways can the Meta-goals be revised/updated to more closely reflect the skills, knowledge and competencies that graduates of four-year university textile and apparel programs need to be successful? What is missing? What is not needed? 2) In what ...


Utilizing A Historic Costume Collection For A Synergistic Educational Experience, Diana Saiki, Valerie J. Birk, Jah'shar Hardy-Brown Jan 2018

Utilizing A Historic Costume Collection For A Synergistic Educational Experience, Diana Saiki, Valerie J. Birk, Jah'shar Hardy-Brown

International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA) Annual Conference Proceedings

This teaching strategy was developed in collaboration with a local community group who worked with university faculty on an event that involved raising funds for their scholarship award and bringing awareness to the university collection. The activity culminated in a fashion show featuring historic garments from the university collection rolled down a runway on a dress form, followed by an original apparel design that was inspired by the historic piece and made by a university student. The fashion show was similar to a mid-20th century fashion show with commentary on the style features of each garment. Students agreed that ...


Developing And Evaluating Sustainable Tools To Positively Impact Apparel Focused Entrepreneurs’ Through Academic Programs Incubator Centers In Southern Africa, Amanda Muhammad, Carolina Kobia, Lombuso Khoza, Julie A. Davis Jan 2018

Developing And Evaluating Sustainable Tools To Positively Impact Apparel Focused Entrepreneurs’ Through Academic Programs Incubator Centers In Southern Africa, Amanda Muhammad, Carolina Kobia, Lombuso Khoza, Julie A. Davis

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Internation Textiles and Apparel Association Conference


Concept Mapping As A Learning Tool For Fashion Education, Charity Armstead Jan 2018

Concept Mapping As A Learning Tool For Fashion Education, Charity Armstead

International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA) Annual Conference Proceedings

Concept mapping has been shown to be an effective learning tool to enhance student learning. Two concept map projects, one for a textiles course and one for a first-year fashion industry course, were developed to help students understand the connections between ideas and to assess their understanding of the course content. For a final project in the textiles course, students developed concept maps displaying textile components, serviceability characteristics, aesthetics, and the relationships between and among concepts. For the fashion industry class, students illustrated the organization of the fashion industry, career options, social and cultural influences on fashion, key terms from ...


Half-Scale Dress Form As A Design And Fit Tool For Young Designers, Kimberly A. Phoenix, Susan P. Ashdown Jan 2018

Half-Scale Dress Form As A Design And Fit Tool For Young Designers, Kimberly A. Phoenix, Susan P. Ashdown

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For a young designer creating a look for a runway show can be an exciting and challenging process. Working with a model and achieving good fit and balance is often a time consuming and frustrating endeavor for a student with limited experience. Working with seven freshman enrolled in a draping class who had only one previous studio design class, we offered them the opportunity to have a custom half-scale dress form made of their model, allowing them to drape on the actual body they would be fitting.


Active Learning Spaces: Student Perceptions Of Engagement, Space, And Instructor Involvement In An Apparel Production And Merchandising Course., Dawn Michaelson, Nigar Sultana, Karla P. Teel Phd Jan 2018

Active Learning Spaces: Student Perceptions Of Engagement, Space, And Instructor Involvement In An Apparel Production And Merchandising Course., Dawn Michaelson, Nigar Sultana, Karla P. Teel Phd

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Active learning, engagement, pedagogy


Using Thrifted Garments As A Learning Tool In An Introductory Textiles Course, Charity Armstead Jan 2018

Using Thrifted Garments As A Learning Tool In An Introductory Textiles Course, Charity Armstead

International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA) Annual Conference Proceedings

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 ...


Understanding Textiles Through Active Learning: The Wardrobe Project, Arlesa Shephard Jan 2018

Understanding Textiles Through Active Learning: The Wardrobe Project, Arlesa Shephard

International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA) Annual Conference Proceedings

Active learning requires higher student involvement in the learning process and can include activities such as group work, projects, discussions, and hands-on activities. The purpose of this research is to determine whether active learning has a positive impact on students’ understanding of fiber categories and their use in apparel products as well as assess students’ perceptions of active learning in a group setting. The project took place in an introductory textiles course where students worked in groups to analyze the fiber content of clothing in their wardrobes. Each group generated a report which provided a summary of their analysis. To ...


What Do They Need To Succeed? Development Of An Apparel Merchandising Competency Framework, Bertha Jacobs, Elena Karpova Jan 2018

What Do They Need To Succeed? Development Of An Apparel Merchandising Competency Framework, Bertha Jacobs, Elena Karpova

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The purpose of this study was to: (a) identify a comprehensive list of merchandising knowledge and skills through an analysis of extant research; (b) categorize these knowledge and skills to create a classification matrix; and (c) based on this matrix, develop an apparel merchandising competency framework. Content analysis was used to to analyse a total of 32 published articles in peer reviewed journals focused on K&S required for business, retail, and merchandising professionals. A total of 140 different K&S found to be important for merchandising, retail, and business positions were identified and then systematically classified. The classification procedure followed four successive stages: (1) four main constructs were identified (i.e., explicit knowledge; tacit knowledge; soft skills; hard skills); (2) seven different categories of K&S were identified (i.e., explicit knowledge: general apparel and merchandising category; tacit knowledge: experience category; soft skills: interpersonal and intrapersonal category; hard skills: technical and conceptual/thinking category); (3) 39 types of K ...


Learning In A Multidisciplinary Collaboration: A Case Study Of Digital Textile Co-Design For Apparel And Interior Designers, Lushan Sun, Virginia Rolling, Lauren Howard, Paula Peek Jan 2018

Learning In A Multidisciplinary Collaboration: A Case Study Of Digital Textile Co-Design For Apparel And Interior Designers, Lushan Sun, Virginia Rolling, Lauren Howard, Paula Peek

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As a wide range of emerging technologies becomes more relevant in recent years, designers today are faced with learning more untraditional knowledge and skillsets, and the challenge of complex problem solving is often more effective through multi- and/or interdisciplinary collaborations. In a collaborative design environment, the transfer of information or ideas is essential to the development of the design process and outcome. Data were collected from a collaborative design project between apparel and an interior design studio class in a southeastern US institution. The study results suggest that apparel design students experience both challenges and benefits in co-designing with ...


“Creative Teaching Of Engaged Visual Merchandising Courses With Limited Resources”, April Elisha Stanley, Charity S. Armstead Jan 2018

“Creative Teaching Of Engaged Visual Merchandising Courses With Limited Resources”, April Elisha Stanley, Charity S. Armstead

International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA) Annual Conference Proceedings

Previously, two visual merchandising courses were taught as lecture-based classes with no real-world applications. The instructors wanted to reinforce student knowledge of lectured concepts by incorporating various modes of creative teaching to provide hands-on application and real-world experiences to help students transfer learning to different contexts (National Research Council, 2000). The challenge was circumventing the lack of current program resources and limited available storage space. A variety of creative teaching methods were employed to provide students with engaging, real-world applications. The results were availability and access to visual merchandising props and practice with little to no cost and minimal to ...


Re-Interpretation Of An Athleisure Young Casual Wear Line Through An Industry-Academia Cooperation Project, Sooah Choi Jan 2018

Re-Interpretation Of An Athleisure Young Casual Wear Line Through An Industry-Academia Cooperation Project, Sooah Choi

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Given the demands of practical education, today’s design education programs focus more on various industry–academia cooperation projects. Especially in the fashion design industry, professionals need to be aware of the current trends while students must be more eligible and closer to an entry-level designer who is able to perform immediately upon graduation. This case study is an industry–academia cooperation project which that served as one of the graduate fashion stages in a university in South Korea in 2016. It is a re-interpretation of an athleisure young casual wear line “Tate Like” from the Tate brand.

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Artifacts Improve Learning In A Fashion History Course, Jennifer Banning, Hae Jin Gam Jan 2018

Artifacts Improve Learning In A Fashion History Course, Jennifer Banning, Hae Jin Gam

International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA) Annual Conference Proceedings

The purpose of this study was to identify how students perceived their interaction with historic items of dress influenced their learning in a 20th century fashion history course. Students in this study were enrolled in a 20th century fashion history course at a university in the Midwest United States. At the end of the semester, students wrote a reflection focused on how their interaction with artifacts throughout the semester influenced their learning. Researchers received informed consent from 30 of 36 students enrolled to qualitatively analyze their reflection responses for the present study. Three themes emerged from student responses ...