Facilitating Skills-Learning by Blending Teaching in Clothing Construction Class


This study aims to facilitate students' learning of sewing skills through blending teaching method. Clothing construction class was designed for students to learn the clothing's patterns, to use industrial sewing machine and to compose a garment project. Conventionally, demonstrating was the most adopted method to teach students learning the sewing skills. The teacher first introduces and demonstrates how a garment can be composed, students then imitate teacher's steps and practice the skills. However, students tend to encounter learning difficulties because: 1) it's not easy to remember every demonstrated steps, 2) it's hard to look or examine teacher's demonstration closely since the demonstration is not conducted face-to-face but teacher-to-group.In order to create student-based learning environment, this study combines three different teaching methods and materials. First, the research uses an instruction sheet to explain how a garment project can be processed. Then, the researcher uses the teaching film to show the sewing sequences. The researcher stops or repeats the film to explain the sequence as well as emphasize or to remind the 'watch out' area. Third, the researcher post step-by-step sample on the whiteboard so students can closely examine the seam and garment construction.By blending teaching method and materials, students develop their own learning path; some students prefer to watch the film and learn the sewing step by step, while other students prefer learning through step-by-step samples. In addition, the blending teaching method allows students with different skill level to accomplish the project efficiently.

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Chui-Chu Yang, National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan
Shin Liao, National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan

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Conference: ACE2017
Stream: Teaching Experiences, Pedagogy, Practice & Praxis

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