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The purpose of this study is to create a holistic understanding of society’s need for developing and safeguarding children’s knowledge and skills regarding handicrafts. An investigation of a fourth grade class shows that over half of the students had not learned to tie their shoes. The Norwegian educational guidelines from 2006 divide each course into five basic skills to be developed. The five skills are reading, writing, arithmetic, verbal expression and use of digital tools. Arts and handicrafts is a practical-aesthetical discipline that makes use of several tools to help develop students’ basic skills. As arts and handicrafts teachers at the college level, we have seen an increasing trend towards the hand’s fine motor skills being underdeveloped in favour of the computer keyboard. The study concludes that children have underdeveloped fine motor skills in handicraft techniques and are not getting enough training in this area; therefore, the hand’s formative abilities appear to be forgotten.

Keywords: arts and handicrafts; arts education; conservation of handicraft skills; hand’s formative abilities

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Nesna University College

Publication date: July 12, 2011

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  • The International Journal of Education through Art is an English language journal that promotes relationships between art and education. The term 'art education' should be taken to include art, craft and design education. Each issue, published three times a year within a single volume, consists of peer-reviewed articles mainly in the form of research reports and critical essays, but may also include exhibition reviews and image-text features.
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