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Who Are You Wearing? Using the Red-Carpet Question Pedagogically
Unformatted Document Text:  Sample 5 Discussion Questions for the Data Collection ‘Experiment’ [Teaching notes and concept goals in brackets] 1. Methodologically, is this a valid sampling of clothing? a. What are some limits or shortcomings of this as a scientific approach to understanding the origins of clothing in the United States? b. Strengths?[Sample bias, internal vs. external validity, data reliability, outliers] 2. What was the most surprising or bizarre thing you noticed while doing this? Do you NEED all these clothes? Why do you have so many?[Consumerism & capitalism; creation of “wants” vs. needs] 3. How did the number of locations represented compare to your prediction from beforehand? How do you think this may have changed over time?[Discuss my findings & ‘vintage’ origin – “California” or “Maine”][Introduce data on market access & country of origin, quotas, tariffs, etc] 4. Can we expect to enforce “fair trade” guidelines against producers or countries when so many are competing against one another? How?[ Discuss re: labor costs and ‘race to the bottom’; supply-demand of labor] 5. What responsibility do producers have in being ‘responsible global citizens’? Retailers? Consumers?[Sweatshop vs. sweatshop free; informed consumer; informed investors, gov’t role?] 6. Regarding the labeling – Does the origin vary by brand? Within brand? Should there be country of origin labeling on other items, like food? Why/not? 7. Where do the clothes go once you are done with them? From there?[Finish commodity chain discussion; used clothing markets, US exports & clothing pickers in developing countries vs. domestic production] 19

Authors: Carlson, Jon.
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Sample 5
Discussion Questions for the Data Collection ‘Experiment’
[Teaching notes and concept goals in brackets]
1. Methodologically, is this a valid sampling of clothing?
a. What are some limits or shortcomings of this as a scientific approach to
understanding the origins of clothing in the United States?
b. Strengths?
[Sample bias, internal vs. external validity, data reliability, outliers]
2. What was the most surprising or bizarre thing you noticed while doing this? Do
you NEED all these clothes? Why do you have so many?
[Consumerism & capitalism; creation of “wants” vs. needs]
3. How did the number of locations represented compare to your prediction from
beforehand? How do you think this may have changed over time?
[Discuss my findings & ‘vintage’ origin – “California” or “Maine”]
[Introduce data on market access & country of origin, quotas, tariffs, etc]
4. Can we expect to enforce “fair trade” guidelines against producers or countries
when so many are competing against one another? How?
[ Discuss re: labor costs and ‘race to the bottom’; supply-demand of labor]
5. What responsibility do producers have in being ‘responsible global citizens’?
Retailers? Consumers?
[Sweatshop vs. sweatshop free; informed consumer; informed investors, gov’t
role?]
6. Regarding the labeling – Does the origin vary by brand? Within brand? Should
there be country of origin labeling on other items, like food? Why/not?
7. Where do the clothes go once you are done with them? From there?
[Finish commodity chain discussion; used clothing markets, US exports & clothing
pickers in developing countries vs. domestic production]
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