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Learning by Making

Making things by hand is considered a fundamental characteristic of human creative activity. Crafts refers to the various kinds of skilled practices based on the predominant material used, such as textile, metal, and wood crafts. The status of crafts has varied over the decades, and crafts are often spoken of as opposed to arts, design, and technology; crafts are said to represent mainly the past and repetition of motor skills, not the creation of unique creative ideas. Craft is often treated as an old-fashioned tradition that does not belong to modern society or the 21st-century skills. Some researchers have argued that craft applies only in the material world; it involves only a physical object; such must be made by hand—substantially by one’s hands alone ...

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