Power, Jess (2010) Examination of issues affecting the teaching and learning of large cohorts within practical-based subjects. International Journal of Fashion Design, Technology and Education, 3 (2). pp. 55-66. ISSN 1754-3266

The aim of this work is to advance the teaching and learning of practical-based subjects in the higher education (HE) sector. Part of the study involved the development of a model that enhanced the teaching and learning of textiles within large groups of clothing design learners. This article begins by reviewing current literature regarding adult learning. The middle section discusses the findings of a previous study conducted in HE over a period of 3 years, which focused on promoting autonomous learning within the domain of textiles/materials. The current investigation examined the use of active learning strategies within practical-based subjects for large cohorts of level 4 (NQF) undergraduate learners. The study measures the effectiveness of active learning through a practitioner reflective journal, descriptive statistics obtained through learner formative evaluation, engagement and attainment. It was concluded that active learning was a successful strategy to promote the development of metacognition, effective progression to autonomous learning and the enhancement of employability skills.

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