Kwok Yin Angelina Lo

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Lo Kwok Yin Angelina (Angie) joined the School of Design, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University as a PhD student in November 2014. Her research focuses on integrating design thinking in art education for children and youth in Hong Kong.

Angelina received her Bachelor of Fine Arts (with Distinction) from University of Hawaii, Manoa and her Master of Religious Education from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, California. Upon return to Hong Kong, she worked in art direction at Ogilvy and Mathers Advertising Agency and Synergie Communication Limited. She founded and operated CreativeKids, a well-established studio for fostering creativity through art among children and teenagers.

Research Title
Every Child is a Design Thinker: Exploring Ways to Integrate Design Thinking in Art Education for Children and Youth in Hong Kong.

Prof. Kin Wai Michael SIU (Chief Supervisor)

About the Research
For years there has been a growing need for alternative teaching methods and learning modes that foster innovation and entrepreneurial spirit. The aim of this research is to develop a methodology of enhancing creativity in children and youth aged 6 to 17 based on the integration of Design Thinking in Art education [DT+A].

The open-ended and divergent mindset in western education can be an inspiring alternative to the passive rote-learning mode common in most Asian students while disciplined drilling typical in the east can be of value in skills development. This research seeks to find an integrated and relevant approach that encompasses the best from both the east and the west, most suited to the competitive and ever-changing social and economic climate in Hong Kong. Parents and teachers from collaborative schools and private art studios will be involved as empathetic partners and co-researchers in finding practical links of art education with the real world, tangible ways of expressing creativity and also interdisciplinary value of design thinking in different academic subjects.

Other objectives are to observe the creative processes and to identify obstacles or motivation factors of children and youth engaged in current art education experiences and the DT+A approach; and eventually to construct an age-appropriate program and method of design thinking to be conducted independently and / or integrated into an art program.