A Phenomenological Exploration of "Write on the Ground" and Its Positive Effects on Elderly Well-being

  • Fengmei Zhang Infrastructure University Kuala Lumpur, 43000 Kajang, Selangor, Malaysia
  • Normaliza Abd.Rahim Infrastructure University Kuala Lumpur, 43000 Kajang, Selangor, Malaysia
Keywords: Aging population, Art education, Chinese calligraphy, Elderly education, Elderly well-being

Abstract

With the global aging population, the quest for enhancing the well-being of the elderly has become increasingly crucial. Many scholars have demonstrated the positive impact of artistic activities and elderly education on improving the well-being of elderly individuals. Chinese calligraphy, as an ancient and enduring art form, has played a significant role in this regard. "Write on the Ground" is an intriguing phenomenon where Chinese elderly individuals engage in the study of calligraphy. Grounded in Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs theory, this study aims to examine the needs and positive effects of elderly individuals participating in "Write on the Ground" while learning Chinese calligraphy. Through purposive sampling, this research conducted interviews with eight individuals aged 60 and above in Guangzhou, China, who were learning Chinese calligraphy through "Write on the Ground" Qualitative data analysis was applied to the interview findings. The study's findings indicate that learning Chinese calligraphy positively impacts the elderly, improving their social interactions, fostering a sense of accomplishment, and facilitating personal growth, ultimately contributing to their overall well-being. Additionally, the research unveils issues concerning the educational needs of the elderly. It not only emphasizes the positive impact of art education on elderly well-being but also underscore the importance of addressing the unique needs of the elderly in terms of education. This study offers valuable insights for administrators and education practitioners, emphasizing the need to focus on the effectiveness of art education for the elderly in promoting their well-being.

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Published
2024-05-22
How to Cite
Zhang, F. and Abd.Rahim, N. (2024) “A Phenomenological Exploration of "Write on the Ground" and Its Positive Effects on Elderly Well-being”, Malaysian Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities (MJSSH), 9(5), p. e002833. doi: 10.47405/mjssh.v9i5.2833.
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