The language of clothes : curriculum evaluation of four fashion design and merchandising programs in Canada

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Dormaar, Judi
University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Education
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Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Faculty of Education, 2003
A high level of educational attainment carries both economic and social benefits. The popularity of continuing education programs and adult high school completion programs attest to people's interest in educational development and to the growing importance of education, skills and training in today's workplace. In general, higher levels of educational attainment are associated with improved labour market outcomes. Employment rates increase and unemployment rates decrease with higher levels of education. Education in the area of Fashion Design and Merchandising is one such area that is continuing to grow and MUST grow to keep up with the dynamics of our society. Fashion in the global market and in Canada today is big business. Its component parts - the design, production and distribution of fashion merchandise - form the basis of a highly complex, multibillion-dollar industry. It employs the greatly diversified skills and talents of millions of people, offers a multitudinous mix of products, absorbs a considerable portion of consumer spending and plays a vital role in the country's economy. Almost every country in the world depends on the textile and apparel sectors as important contributors to their economy. In Canada, more and more people will need an increasing amount of training and retraining throughout their careers. As a country, we need an educated, skilled and flexible work force to remain competitive. This can only be achieved by directly promoting continuing education and training programs amongst and for our people.
vii, 198 leaves ; 29 cm. --
Fashion design -- Study and teaching (Continuing education) -- Canada , Fashion merchandising -- Study and teaching (Continuing education) -- Canada , Clothing trade -- Study and teaching (Continuing education) -- Canada