Introducing participatory action research to vocational fashion education: theories, practices, and implications

Magnum Man Lok Lam, Eric Ping Hung Li, Wing Sun Liu, Elita Yee-Nee Lam

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Abstract

This paper revisits the philosophical trajectory and practices in fashion education. It examines to what extent participatory action research (PAR) can contribute to the advancement of vocational education by emancipating practice-based skills and knowledge co-created by students, faculty members, and market practitioners. While the fashion market is dynamically reshaping today’s fashion pedagogy by imparting new skills and abilities to students, this investigation aims to highlight the limitations of the Bauhaus tradition as a top-down approach aimed at continually producing work-ready graduates for junior positions. Drawing upon the findings yielded by our experimental project fashionthnography.com, the analyses presented in this paper elucidate to what extent PAR can meet the intended goal of equipping the students with a higher level of working capabilities and creativity, as well as greater cultural appreciation. This study contributes to the expansion of vocational education and training, as its findings indicate that we need to embrace practice-based knowledge co-creation for long-term success in both industry and academia.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Vocational Education and Training
DOIs
Publication statusAccepted/In press - Apr 2020

Keywords

  • Curriculum innovation
  • higher education
  • learning theory
  • pedagogy
  • vocational education & training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education

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