Understanding Textiles through Active Learning: The Wardrobe Project
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 analyze the student experience, students were given a questionnaire before and after the completion of their project. Overall, the active learning project positively contributed to students’ understanding of fibers and their use in apparel garments. Furthermore, students expressed a positive attitude about the active learning project.