Comparison of local and international school teachers’ perspectives on teaching creativity in Hong Kong kindergarten classrooms

Jin Young HWANG

Research output: ThesisHonours Projects (HP)


Creativity has long been hailed as one of the key traits to a student’s success. However, the educational pursuit of instilling creativity is a major concern for teachers in Hong Kong, especially since it is a quality that many perceive need to be taught from a young age. Although several studies have attempted to look into teaching creativity in Hong Kong kindergartens, they have failed to distinguish between the local and international school systems as both exist in the city. This study is an attempt to identify and compare the perspectives and methods in which local and international kindergarten kindergarten school teachers teach creativity to kindergarten students in Hong Kong between the ages of 3 to 5 and analyse the difference in teaching creativity between the two education systems. Both groups share similar views on the definition of creativity and activities implemented in the classroom to a certain extent, such as by acknowledging that creativity leads to unique ideas. Both groups also incorporate music and arts into their creativity modules. However, the differences between the two become apparent in the challenges they encounter in teaching creativity and the support they receive from their respective schools. One of the biggest contrasts in the results is that time is a major limitation for local teachers in teaching creativity whereas the international teachers named parents and the home environment as a hindrance to teaching creativity. According to the study results, both groups can take a page out of each other’s books. Local schools can consider embedding free play into their curriculum which will help counter the time limitations in conducting activities. On the other hand, international schools may prioritise supporting teachers in communicating with the children’s parents so that the teachers can teach creativity without as many roadblocks.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationBachelor of Education (Honours)
  • LAM, Chi Ming 林志明, Supervisor
Publication statusPublished - 2023


  • Honours Project (HP)
  • Bachelor of Education (Honours) (Early Childhood Education) (Five-year Full-time)
  • Programme code: A5B061
  • Course code: HPI2004


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