Date of Award

Spring 6-1-2024

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education (MAE)



First Advisor

Dr. Courtnie Wolfgang

Second Advisor

Dr. Caitlin Black


This Thesis investigates sewing education in schools as a transformative experience for teenagers. Through teacher-based research methodology, this study delves into the implementation of fashion design classes aimed to foster creative expression. Critical thinking, and social engagement among teens. The research draws upon scholarly work that engaged with home economics, community sewing classes, and trauma informed pedagogical approaches. The qualitative data gathered from classroom observations and the teacher reflections have informed a socially engaged sewing zine that comprises lesson plans. The findings shed light on the potential of fashion design education to empower students, cultivate their artistic skill, and encouragement to address social issues through creative expression. This research contributes to the growing discourse on community based approaches to art education, highlighting the significance of incorporation diverse content to the the needs and interests of contemporary highschool students



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