Is there creativity in design? From a perspective of school design and technology in Hong Kong

Yi Lin Wong, Kin Wai Michael Siu

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As creativity is likely to become a crucial aspect of living in the future, it is important for educators to teach students to think creatively when solving constantly evolving and increasingly complex problems. Supported by the idea that creativity can be taught and learnt, elements of creativity are now embedded in secondary school education. Among all school subjects, design and technology (D&T) is one of the best examples for fostering and cultivating students' creativity, as the subject offers creative activities that enable students to realize their ideas in the context of the real world. This paper analyzes the creative elements in the D&T curriculum in Hong Kong as seen in the exemplar projects on the Education Bureau website. Some problems and difficulties encountered in fostering creativity in the context of Hong Kong are identified, based on the current teaching environment. The paper also draws attention to East Asian beliefs and implicit theories, which greatly influence teachers' underlying assumptions about learning and teaching, and at the same time notes that these beliefs may be detrimental to the development of creativity among students. The paper then identifies the problems and inadequacies in fostering creativity in design at the secondary school level and expects to raise awareness of the importance of creativity in D&T.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)465-474
Number of pages10
JournalAsia Pacific Education Review
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 9 Mar 2012


  • Creativity
  • Design and technology
  • Designing
  • Hong Kong

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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