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A Study on Learning Motivation in Woodwork Heritage

Ya-Kuan CHOU and Ting-Chun HSU
IJCCI volume 4, issue 1, November 2016

Taiwan’s society has transitioned from manufacturing-oriented to design-oriented in recent years, and the number of workers in the traditional woodworking industry has continuously decreased. To maintain talent and technology in Taiwan’s traditional manufacturing industry, this study explores the learning motivation for learning of woodwork heritage to build a foundation for traditional woodwork talent development. We first conduct a literature review to understand woodwork heritage and learning motivation in Taiwan. Next, we formulate an open-ended questionnaire on learning motivation, and administer the questionnaire to 50 students of a university’s woodwork center. This study then uses card sorting on the questionnaires to understand the learning motivation of current woodworking learners. Results show that the main reason students learn woodwork is because: (1) they are interested in it; (2) they want to gain a sense of achievement; and (3) they aim to strengthen their competitiveness. The professional skills students hope to learn from courses include furniture design, traditional techniques, machinery manufacturing, and woodwork related knowledge. Furthermore, students believed that learning woodwork can change their behavior (including work, life, and creation) and attitudes (including way of thinking, aesthetics, knowledge, and characteristics).

Keywords: Woodwork Heritage, Woodwork Design Education, Learning Motivation

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