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A comparison of the experimental and the existing elementary clothing construction courses at Oregon State University in terms of student background and achievement in factual knowledge

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  • 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.
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