|Abstract or Summary
- The purpose of this thesis was to compare the 5-hour experimental
(CT 213X) and the two 3-hour existing (CT 210-CT 212) elementary
clothing construction courses at Oregon State University in
terms of the composition of students in each course, the student's
background and the achievement of each group in knowledge of basic
clothing construction terminology, techniques and methods. An attempt
was also made to determine various opinions and attitudes held
by each group toward their respective courses.
From observations of the CT 213X, CT 210 and CT 212 courses
and from examination of the objectives and printed syllabi for each
course, a list of commonly taught basic clothing construction processes was drawn up. The list was used as an outline for constructing
an objective paper-and-pencil pretest-retest.
In order to obtain background information as well as various
opinions and attitudes held by the students, two questionnaires were
developed. These materials, as well as the pretest-retest, were
submitted to a panel consisting of members of the clothing faculty
and graduate students in clothing and textiles. Based on the panel's
criticism, they were revised where necessary.
Students enrolled in CT 213X, CT 210 and CT 212 during spring
term, 1969, were used as the sample for this study. The total sample
consisted of 106 students, with 35 in the CT 213X group, 46 in
the CT 210 group and 25 in the CT 212 group. Not included in the
sample were students who had been absent for either the pretest or
retest, students in a section of CT 210 taught by a graduate assistant
and students in CT 212 who had transferred from other colleges.
The pretest and general information questionnaire were administered
to each course group during the first week of classes, spring
term, 1969. During the last laboratory period of the term, the
retest and final questionnaire were given.
The reliability coefficient of the pretest-retest, using the
Kuder - Richardson formula (21), was computed to be .810. The pretest-
retest was accepted as having content or curricular validity, as
the makeup of the test closely followed each course outline. Based on the results of this study, it was concluded that CT
210 is taken more often than is CT 213X by students from other
schools in the university, upperclassmen and students who would
like to learn to sew for their own personal use. Students who enroll
in CT 213X generally have had more previous instruction in sewing
and are more knowledgeable in basic clothing construction terminology,
techniques and methods than are students in CT 210. However,
students who have completed the one-term course, CT 213X, and
those who have completed the two-term sequence, CT 210-CT 212,
generally have an equal knowledge of basic clothing construction.
It was recommended that CT 213X be given regular course
status as a five-hour elementary clothing construction course, thereby
listing it in the catalog as CT 213.