“Reminiscence theory” is broadly defined as “remembering one’s past” – and research shows that reminiscence, focused on positive events, can increase life satisfaction, benefit mental health, and facilitate end-of-life decision making. It can also engage students in applying theoretical constructs to personal and family contexts.
In 2013, professor Lori Yancura of the Human Development and Family Sciences program of the Dept. of Family and Consumer Sciences developed a protocol for a reminiscence assignment in an adult development class, which was highly received by students.
More recently, Lori and professors Andy Reilly and Young Bahng of FCS’ Fashion Design and Merchandising program collaborated on a class project: “Reminiscence Fashion History” with the theme, “incorporating experiential learning into the textiles and apparel classroom.”
The project was used in Dr. Reilly’s course, “Culture. Gender and Appearance” in which students learned how to connect fashion theory to actual experience, describe how dress intersects with psycho-social-cultural aspects of dress, and identify fashion theories that explain dress-related practices.
Now, the International Textile and Apparel Association has given its Rutherford Teaching Innovation Award, 2nd place, to Andy, Lori, and Young for their innovative work.
"This project was a great opportunity to think across disciplinary boundaries," says Lori.
“I was glad to work with Lori and Young on this project,” says Andy. “It gave us the opportunity to collaborate from different programs and find a common ground.”
He adds, “Students were enthusiastic about this project. I plan to continue this in future classes.”