Teacher perceptions of textiles, apparel and fashion merchandising course content as it relates to student skill development : implications for tech prep
Schourek, Gail A.
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The purposes of this study were to examine the textiles, apparel and fashion merchandising programs (TAFM) at the high-school and community-college levels to: 1) discern program content and instructional level and 2) infer the possibility for adaptation of such programs to a tech-prep curriculum. A written survey was mailed to 350 high schools and 47 community colleges in the state of Illinois. Results indicated that course content and primary level of instruction appeared to be divided along program lines. Community-college programs featured business/industry content targeted at job or career path skills with a strong work-study value, whereas high-school programs featured traditional construction curriculum taught at the life skills level Many TAFM programs are in place at the high-school level, but few community colleges offer associate degree programs in the area. While program adaptation to tech prep is possible, a concerted effort would be required to coordinate programs in regional areas with a cooperating community college.