Practicability and challenges of applying STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) approaches and concepts in the music education of Hong Kong primary and secondary schools

Yiting CAI

Research output: Other contributionHonours Projects (HP)

Abstract

Foreign literature shows that education needs to be reformed as time goes by. Research has emphasized the significance of STEAM, which cultivates and equips students to be more creative and be aimed with general skills, for instance, problem-solving skills, collaborative skills, etc. Other benefits like enhancing their learning motivation and greater engagement in music education cannot be underestimated. In foreign countries, some schools have implemented STEAM. This study aims to explore the practicability and challenges of applying STEAM approaches and concepts in the music education of Hong Kong primary and secondary schools.

Based on a review of the literature review on STEAM education in music, my interviews of four local people engaged in STEAM music education have been recorded: questioning their viewpoints to STEAM education, how they conduct STEAM in music lessons, what they gained, the obstacles they encountered and some possible solutions.

Analysis of the response demonstrated that those teachers make consensus on STEAM is a trend in the future and it could cultivate students in creativity so as to enrich in general skills. Apart from the benefits mentioned above, STEAM education makes a positive impact on shrinking the learning difference in a class. Nevertheless, teachers are always confronted with some unexpected challenges: inadequate training for music educators and vague conceptualization. It is suggested that adequate, quality training courses for teachers and STEAM conferences could solve the problems. Further research needs comprehensive data to support and study in a deeper way.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Keywords

  • Honours Project (HP)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Creative Arts and Culture and Bachelor of Education (Honours) (Music) (Five-Year Full-Time)
  • Programme code: A5B080
  • Course code: MUS4330

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