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Performing the Living Heritages of a Semi-Urban Town in Malaysia: A/r/tography on the Heutagogy Approach
heutagogy, Internet, living cultural heritages, performing arts, self-determination
Future work skills required in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) are creativity, critical thinking, communication and collaboration (4C’s). This article explores responses to the heutagogy approach, focusing on two aspects: a) self-determination, and b) knowledge-sharing through technology. These aspects were explored through a project aimed at developing an appreciation for the living heritages of a semi-urban town in Malaysia through the performing arts. The participants were twenty voluntary public secondary school students who had no formal training in this area. The research used a/r/thography, an arts and education practiced-based methodology that emphasized continuous inquiries on the planning, action, reflection and revision processes. Findings showed that performing arts productions which require 4C’s are underdeveloped among participants. It also showed that access to personal mobile technology is limited by the school’s regulation and parents’ financial status. The findings raise concerns on the implementation status of 4C’s in the national education system.
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