DS 123: Proceedings of the International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education (E&PDE 2023)

Year: 2023
Editor: Buck, Lyndon; Grierson, Hilary; Bohemia, Erik
Author: Ho, Shui Ham; Shih, Yi-Teng
Series: E&PDE
Institution: The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
Section: The effect that design and engineering have on global co-habitation
DOI number: 10.35199/EPDE.2023.26
ISBN: 978-1-912254-19-4


Due to the examination-oriented education system in Hong Kong, there is a lack of innovative education. Based on the market research, the current creativity education products do not contain significant elements such as cultures, historicals or traditions that help develop students' creativity. According to the Hong Kong Intangible Culture Heritage Office, bamboo crafts provide the citizen with a sense of identity and continuity. Bamboo craft is one of the famous traditional techniques in Hong Kong's culture, which are involved in different designs in our daily life such as cookware, containers and building techniques. Besides, there are some items that occasionally appear in seasonal festivals or funerals such as bamboo theatres, offerings and lion-dance. The know-how is provided with enlightening and culturally-identified elements and knowledge to the future generation such as the maker’s mind and design process, that contribute to their personal development and lead to preservation of the Hong Kong traditional crafts. Furthermore, passing down craftsmanship is passing down knowledge which is the essence of education. Possible opportunities are identified for educating bamboo crafts for future generations in order to cultivate students’ creativity, critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Creative education is a process for training students’ creativity and problem-solving skills, it helps them enhance their personal development leading to conduce to their future careers and quality of life. The creativity and innovation industries have become the future trend in Hong Kong's development in order to improve worldwide competitiveness (Legislative Council Secretariat, 2015). Alison(2019) indicated that cultural differences start to emerge in the very early stage when we are children, and those differences play out in all sorts of subtle differences in the way we think, reason and act. Student is one of the stages of children that are easy to integrate into different cultures. The purpose of this study is to develop techniques for using traditional craft learning and teaching materials to improve students' cultural and creative abilities and to inherit traditional Hong Kong handicrafts.

Keywords: Creative Education, Traditional Crafts, Bamboo Crafts, Cultural Education


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