A discussion of the necessity of craft education in the 21st century

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Veeber , E , Syrjäläinen , E & Lind , E 2015 , ' A discussion of the necessity of craft education in the 21st century ' , Techne Series: Research in Sloyd Education and Craft Science A , vol. 22 , no. 1 , pp. 15-29 . < https://journals.hioa.no/index.php/techneA/article/view/875 >

Title: A discussion of the necessity of craft education in the 21st century
Author: Veeber, Eva; Syrjäläinen, Erja; Lind, Ene
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Teacher Education
Date: 2015-03-03
Language: eng
Number of pages: 15
Belongs to series: Techne Series: Research in Sloyd Education and Craft Science A
ISSN: 1893-1774
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/163069
Abstract: Craft education has held a permanent place in Estonian and Finnish schools, although its value and appreciation have changed over time. The aim of the article is to discuss the necessity of craft education in today’s world and its possible impact on the development of children and adolescents. The discussion seeks a theoretical interdisciplinary explanation using three perspectives that complement each other. The first describes the challenges of modern society with respect to individual development and schooling. The second deals with Aaron Antonovsky's theory of generalized resistance resources and an individual's possibility to manage in a stressful society. The third addresses the individual as a developing neurological being, along with the effect of learning and practicing motor skills on the human brain. We conclude that craft is a multidisciplinary phenomenon, and that learning and practicing crafts promotes the comprehension of diversity and challenges in life. Additionally, educational craft enriches the learning environment, offering opportunities to develop transferable skills that human beings constantly need in society. In addition, craft provides a balanced way to come to understand the world and one’s role in it, by simultaneously promoting motor and cognitive development and making unique demands on one’s being.
Subject: 516 Educational sciences
craft
craft education
making
Sense of Coherence
embodiment
Education
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