Title: Cultivating 4C Skills Through Art-based Activities for Vulnerable Children in Thailand
Stream: Arts - Teaching and Learning the Arts
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation
Thithimadee Arphattananon, Mahidol University, Thailand
In 2019, it was revealed that 22 percent of children in Thailand lived in multiple forms of poverty. These children have less opportunity to access quality education and lack necessary skills such as digital literacy and critical thinking to survive in the 21st century. In this project, children (aged 12-18) from the two most vulnerable groups—children in urban areas and migrant children—were recruited to participate in digital art-based activities, through which they examine their lived experiences and the multiple forms of oppression that they and their families face. The project used three types of digital art, namely digital drawing/painting, digital photography, and digital film as a medium to develop critical thinking skills, creativity, collaboration, and communication skills – the four skills (4Cs) which are important elements of the 21st-century skills. Activities in the project comprise critical examination of artworks, dialogue to cultivate open-mindedness and acceptance of diverse viewpoints, and the production of artworks that reflects children’s critical thinking skills and creativity. The evaluation was conducted through interviews with participants and the teachers, observation of the interaction during the activities, and analysis of children’s artworks. The result of the project showed significant development in communication and collaborative skills in most of the children. The critical thinking skills and creativity increased in some children.
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