Education for the Creative Cities: Awareness Raising on Urban Challenges and Biocultural Preservation

  •  Aida Mammadova    


Creative Cities are facing the big challenges due to the demographical, environmental and economic issues. In this study we considered to create the educational fieldworks inside the creative city and raise the awareness in youth about the importance of the biocultural preservations to sustain the city’s creativity and sustainability. Our participants were 10 international participants with different backgrounds and majors. The fieldwork trips were divided according to the ecosystems of Kanazawa City, in three main part: mountain areas, rives and forest areas and finally coastal areas. In each course students directly interviewed the local artists, craftsmen and shop owners and recorded about the importance of biocultural diversity to preserve the city’s traditions. Evaluation of the students were conducted according to the submitted reports with comparative analysis, and providing further recommendations. From the results, awareness level about the present issues was increased in each student, and they provided the recommendation according to the local issues. However, this time we did not considered the scientific background of all interviews, and all recommendations were given based on the opinions of the locals. To improve our methodological approach in our next studies we are going to develop approved survey instruments to record and analyse the data collected by students, and perform quantitative data analysis with second cohort research group to evaluate and confirm the outcomes of the field trips.

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  • ISSN(Print): 1927-5250
  • ISSN(Online): 1927-5269
  • Started: 2012
  • Frequency: bimonthly

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