ERIC Number: EJ1045829
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Reference Count: 8
The Role of Museum Exhibits in Teaching Textile Science
Diddi, Sonali; Marcketti, Sara B.
Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences, v106 n1 p47-49 2014
The concept of learning outside of the traditional, formal classroom setting is an important component of family and consumer sciences (FCS) educational pedagogy. Methods of learning beyond the FCS classroom include visiting museums, accessing archives--both in person and virtually--and participating in field studies (Roehl, 2013). Although many universities maintain textiles and clothing museums, they often are utilized as a resource for students interested in design and history. In this study, the authors incorporated museum exhibits as a way to educate FCS students enrolled in an introductory textile science course. This course is a required four-credit course for all undergraduate students enrolled in the apparel program. Results of this study suggest that providing examples through physical artifacts in museum exhibits enhances FCS students' understanding of the textile science material covered in formal classrooms. This study also highlights the importance of using museums as a pedagogical tool, especially within science-focused majors such as textile science.
Descriptors: Museums, Exhibits, Textiles Instruction, Teaching Methods, Consumer Science, Family Life Education, Introductory Courses, Undergraduate Students, Questionnaires, Statistical Analysis, Student Attitudes, Qualitative Research
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