Will the introduction of a framework for drafting a pattern from an existing garment, help to improve student understanding of constructing an original garment from a drawing?
Overall the students all seemed to gain something from the intervention, whether increased confidence or actual abilities, it seemed to help with their understanding of how to construct a garment from an original design, and would be worth trying again on a broader scale. I gained an improvement in understanding the how differences in students learning styles and previous experience can affect their actual and perceived benefits of learning activities (Moon 2005, Kolb 1984). The learning activities, including learning how to draft a pattern from an existing garment, seemed to help many of the students engage with their own concept of garment design, and ways in which to approach the realization of these ideas into original three dimensional garments.
The research project has been a fascinating journey, which has opened up my thinking regarding many different aspects of how I approach learning and teaching. Developing a research question, and testing out an intervention that seemed to benefit the students has improved my confidence regarding making suggestions regarding the curriculum. Being able to put the teaching theory from the learning and teaching evaluation into immediate practice through the action research project facilitated the realization of my own pedagogy.