Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

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Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department / School

Home Economics


As an instructor in the Beginning Clothing Construction classes at South Dakota State College, the writer became aware of the varying amounts and kinds of clothing experiences of students enrolled in the course, and felt a need for determining student achievement levels to provide optimum learning experiences for all. All incoming freshman Home Economics students were placed in Beginning Clothing Construction sections regardless of their past experience or training. Students with no experience were grouped with those having little or a great deal of clothing experience. The practice does not encourage the weaker students to learn, nor does it motivate or challenge the stronger ones to excel. Repetitious learnings may result in an unfavorable attitude toward a course, whereas gaps in knowledge are not always apparent without an evaluative device to focus them. Knowledge of past experience and subject matter weaknesses and strengths are required for more effective guidance of students and for necessary course revision to meet the specific needs of students. Accordingly, a study was undertaken with the following objectives: (1) To develop a valid pretest in the area of clothing construction based upon facts, principles (or generalizations) and their application which might be used: (a) to determine individual and group weaknesses and strengths in clothing construction and to determine individual and class levels of achievement prior to instruction. (b) to aid the instructor in wiser selection of course content, and provide clues as to the amount of emphasis which should be placed on topics in the various areas of clothing construction, (c) to possibly aid in classifying freshmen in the Beginning Clothing Construction course. (2) To prepare a questionnaire which would provide information about the students’ past experiences in clothing construction. This would be used for more effective guidance of students in meeting their needs. (3) To obtain students’ opinions at the end of the term as to whether they felt the course was on a sufficiently challenging level, and to use the results in future course planning.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Clothing and dress -- Study and teaching


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South Dakota State University