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VidNuT 12 - fiber, color, surface

Learner ideas about textile fibers and the colors of textiles

We encounter textiles in everyday life primarily in the form of finished goods that are used. Specialists in the division of labor are responsible for the production and thus the origin, creation and whereabouts after use. In terms of cultural history, the manual processing of natural fibers was replaced by new technologies, and production was outsourced due to economic conditions. The processes of the textile chain (fiber formation, surface formation, finishing, manufacture) are exposed to global economic conditions. Consumption and handling of textile things are a necessity in everyday life. Abstract terms, e.g. B. on a label in the garment, cannot be interpreted without knowledge. It can be assumed that things like fibers, yarns or textile surfaces are not referred to with the same terms in everyday life and in class, and the idea of synthetic fibers is in itself a black box. In the Bernese contribution to the VidNut project, special attention is to be paid to these gaps, and there is also an interest in what learners associate with textile products based on their experiences and ideas.

The contribution of the didactics center for textiles and technical design of the PHBern to the VidNuT project is based on the model of textile material culture according to Köller (1999; Derwanz / Mühr 2021; Becker 2007) as well as on action and phenomenon-oriented approaches (Duderstadt 1997; Strässer-Panny 1996). Factual and meaningful knowledge of the learners, their skills and their attitude towards the subject content should be made equally accessible for observation and analysis (Adamina et al. 2018; Eichelberger 2014).


Adamina, Marco, et al. (Ed.) (2018): “How I think and imagine it ...”: Pupils' ideas about subjects taught in non-fiction and the subject area of nature, people, society. Bad Heilbrunn: Verlag Julius Klinkhardt.

Becker, Christian (2007): Perspectives on Textile Education. Baltmannsweiler: Schneider Verl. Hohengehren.

Derwanz, Heike / Mühr, Patricia (ed.) (2021): Money cat laundering. Annotated new edition of Ingrid Köller's writings on the didactics of textile material culture. 1st edition. Oldenburg: Carl von Ossietzky University.

Duderstadt, Matthias (1997): Aesthetics and Materiality. A contribution to elementary education. Weinheim: German studies publisher.

Eichelberger, Elisabeth (ed.) (2014): Further in the subject: Textile design teaching knowledge-oriented and learner-oriented. Baltmannsweiler: Tailor Hohengehren.

Köller, Ingrid (1999): “Textile lessons and textile material culture. Results from the textile didactic experience and research workshop ". preprint, Carl von Ossietzky University, Oldenburg.

Strässer-Panny, Inge (1996): Against the beheading of the hand: hermeneutic textile didactics between constructivist philosophy of science and action-oriented pedagogy. Münster: Waxmann (= international university publications; vol. 223).

Wiescholek, Sibylle (2019): Textile Education in the Age of Digitization. Mediation opportunities between manual work and mechanization. Bielefeld: Transcript.

VidNuT Designer:  Elisabeth Jahnke

VidNuT Expert:  Elisabeth Eichelberger

Institution:  Didactic Center for Textiles and Technical Design - Design
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