Fostering creativity from an emotional perspective: Do teachers recognise and handle students’ emotions?

Kin Wai Michael Siu, Yi Lin Wong

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Emotions have a significant effect on the processes of designing and creative thinking. In an educational context, some emotions may even be detrimental to creativity. To further explore the link between creativity and emotion, a series of interviews were conducted with design and technology (D&T) teachers in Singapore, Hong Kong and Beijing concerning their experiences of working with students on design projects. The intent was to investigate how these teachers understood and managed their students’ emotions while teaching creative design skills. Some teachers indicated that they understood their students’ emotions through observing their behaviour, connecting with them by synchronising emotions or by evaluating student performance. The teachers also reported using various other methods to handle their students’ emotions. This study highlights the importance of equipping D&T teachers with skills for awareness and regulation of emotions so that they can better enable students to cultivate creativity in the design process.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)105-121
Number of pages17
JournalInternational Journal of Technology and Design Education
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2016


  • Creativity
  • Design and technology
  • Emotional regulation
  • Emotions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Engineering(all)

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