Approaches to Craft Studies at Higher Education

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The purpose of this article is to explore the various approaches to craft studies at higher education institutions. Based on fieldwork observations and document analysis of the curricula of four European and one US university craft study programmes, similarities and differences were found. The similarities concerned the pedagogy to acquire basic skills and the urge to keep up craft traditions. The differences concerned the broader aims of study and the students’ prospective career paths. The following approaches to craft studies in higher education were detected: 1. Educational crafts, 2. Traditional crafts, 3. Critical crafts, 4. Cultural heritage of crafts, and 5. Design-based crafts.
Translated title of the contributionLähestymistapoja käsityöopintoihin korkeakoulutuksessa
Original languageEnglish
Issue number2
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 4 May 2021
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed
EventBiennal International Conference for the Craft Sciences: Craft in Action - University of Gothenburg, zoom, Mariestad, Sweden
Duration: 4 May 20216 May 2021

Fields of Science

  • 516 Educational sciences
  • Craft science
  • craft pedagogy
  • Higher education

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