Using Assessment in the Fashion Design Studio

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2013-01-01
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MacDonald, Nora
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The apparel design process is highly complex and has a specialized and sophisticated skill set. Designers need to develop flexibility, or the ability to think of many ways to approach a problem or activity, and fluency, or the ability to think of many details associated with each approach to the activity. It also involves divergent and convergent thinking, or the breaking down and building up of ideas. Kvashny (1982) proposed that creativity can be taught. In order to expand their creativity, student designers need to develop the complex thinking inherent in the creative process, and at the same time develop two-and-three-dimensional thinking and eye/hand coordination inherent in a skill-based area of study. Assessment can be used to evaluate a learner’s current status, the end goal, and how best to get there (Fulcher, 2010).

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