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Reflections around artefacts : using a deliberative approach to teaching reflective practices in fashion studies

Ryan, Michael & Brough, Dean (2012) Reflections around artefacts : using a deliberative approach to teaching reflective practices in fashion studies. Journal of Learning Design, 5(1), pp. 1-11.

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Abstract

While requiring students to think reflectively is a desirable teaching goal, it is often fraught with complexity and is sometimes poorly implemented in higher education. In this paper, we describe an approach to academic reflective practices that fitted a design subject in fashion education and was perceived as effective in enhancing student learning outcomes. In many design-based disciplines, it is essential to evaluate, through a reflective lens, the quality of tangible design outcomes - referred to here as artefacts.

Fashion studio based practice (unlike many other theory based disciplines)requires an artefact to be viewed in order to initiate the reflective process. This reflection is not solely limited to reflective writing; the reflection happens through sight, touch and other non-traditional approaches. Fashion students were asked to reflect before, during and after the development of an artefact. Through a variety of media, a review of the first garment prototype - called a Sample Review - occurred. The reflective practices of students during the Sample Review provided a valuable insight into their own learning, as well as a valid assessment indicator for the lecturer. It also mirrored industry practices for design evaluation. We believe that this deliberative approach, characterised by artefact-prompted reflection, has wide applicability across undergraduate courses in a variety of discipline areas.

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ID Code: 49699
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Fashion Design, Artefacts for fashion, REFLECTIVE PRACTICES fashion, Sample Review, academic reflection Creative Industries, HERN
ISSN: 1832-8342
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Creative Arts Media and Communication Curriculum and Pedagogy (130201)
Divisions: Past > Disciplines > Fashion
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Michael Ryan and Dean Brough
Copyright Statement: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License
Deposited On: 16 Apr 2012 09:18
Last Modified: 18 Apr 2012 02:03

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