The Field Trip Project Asia: Developing 21st Century Competencies through Cross-Cultural Art Projects


This paper will examine the impact that cross-cultural art projects have on the development of 21st Century Competencies in students. Following the tsunami and earthquake that hit Japan in 2011, relief supplies including used school backpacks were sent to children in affected areas to help rebuild lives. To avoid excess supplies from being disposed of, artist/curator Daisuke Takeya proposed the Field Trip Project where artists were invited to transform the surplus backpacks into works of art. In 2015 the Field Trip Project Asia arrived in Singapore and a number of backpacks were sent to a local school for art teachers to engage their students to transform the backpacks into works of art. Despite living in a region that is sheltered from natural disasters and being mostly unfamiliar with facing physical hardship, it was hoped that children in Singapore would be interested and able to learn through the process of engaging with art-making that was directly linked to the recent disaster relief and aid efforts in Japan. The objective of the study will be to track the possible engendering of empathy, self and social global awareness, all part of the desired outcomes of education & emerging 21st century competencies. The embodied learning experience having taken place through a focused and partially self-directed art project, classroom observations and subsequent interviews with teachers and students were conducted throughout the duration of the student engagement in the project to provide data for this research study.

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Twardzik Ching Chor Leng, National Institute of Education, Singapore

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Conference: ACE2015
Stream: Education: social justice and social change

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