Reminiscing traditional Malay shadow theatre

Knowledge retention of master puppeteers

Ramlee Abdul Rahman, Zuraidah Abd Manaf, Abdullah Nur Afifah Vanitha

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Abstract

Malaysia's traditional shadow theatre, 'Wayang Kulit' is at the verge of extinction. Declining numbers of master puppeteers or 'Tok Dalang'and performances are clear evidence that this type of cultural heritage is disappearing fast. The master puppeteer is the main and focal individual in transcending the knowledge of the shadow theatre performances. Alas, the master puppeteer the genius that holds the entire knowledge of the performance is in the brink of vanishing forever.Very unfortunate, only the explicit knowledge of the master puppeteer can be captured, not their tacit knowledge that originate and reside in their mind. The only means of gaining their knowledge is through the socialisation, observation and apprenticeship. Thus, capturing and retaining their tacit knowledge is supreme in ensuring the continued existence of the shadow theatre in the country. The main purpose of this preliminary study was to qualitatively assess the knowledge retention aspects of the master puppeteer. The study adopted purposive sampling technique in determining the participants for examination. Five subjects were identified to partake in the multiple case study exercise. In-depth semi-structured interviews were conducted and used as the principal data gathering method. The interview sessions were electronically audio-recorded and later verbatim transcribed to facilitate further cross case analyses. Evidently, findings of the study offered valuable insights toward bridging the unique tacit knowledge own by the master puppeteers. The preliminary assessment of the study indicated an apparent reduction and declining in the numbers of master puppeteers at all levels. The data contributed some suggestion about the level of tacit knowledge retention of master puppeteers. Nonetheless, the ultimate outcome of the study is to further enhance and develop effective and competent programmes for the teaching and learning of the traditional Malay shadow theatre.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRecent Trends in Social and Behaviour Sciences - Proceedings of the 2nd International Congress on Interdisciplinary Behavior and Social Sciences 2013, ICIBSoS 2013
PublisherTaylor and Francis - Balkema
Pages83-88
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9781138001213
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes
Event2nd International Congress on Interdisciplinary Behavior and Social Science, ICIBSoS 2013 - Jakarta
Duration: 4 Nov 20135 Nov 2013

Other

Other2nd International Congress on Interdisciplinary Behavior and Social Science, ICIBSoS 2013
CityJakarta
Period4/11/135/11/13

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Socialisation
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level of knowledge
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cultural heritage
Malaysia
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Teaching
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Abdul Rahman, R., Abd Manaf, Z., & Nur Afifah Vanitha, A. (2014). Reminiscing traditional Malay shadow theatre: Knowledge retention of master puppeteers. In Recent Trends in Social and Behaviour Sciences - Proceedings of the 2nd International Congress on Interdisciplinary Behavior and Social Sciences 2013, ICIBSoS 2013 (pp. 83-88). Taylor and Francis - Balkema.

Reminiscing traditional Malay shadow theatre : Knowledge retention of master puppeteers. / Abdul Rahman, Ramlee; Abd Manaf, Zuraidah; Nur Afifah Vanitha, Abdullah.

Recent Trends in Social and Behaviour Sciences - Proceedings of the 2nd International Congress on Interdisciplinary Behavior and Social Sciences 2013, ICIBSoS 2013. Taylor and Francis - Balkema, 2014. p. 83-88.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Abdul Rahman, R, Abd Manaf, Z & Nur Afifah Vanitha, A 2014, Reminiscing traditional Malay shadow theatre: Knowledge retention of master puppeteers. in Recent Trends in Social and Behaviour Sciences - Proceedings of the 2nd International Congress on Interdisciplinary Behavior and Social Sciences 2013, ICIBSoS 2013. Taylor and Francis - Balkema, pp. 83-88, 2nd International Congress on Interdisciplinary Behavior and Social Science, ICIBSoS 2013, Jakarta, 4/11/13.
Abdul Rahman R, Abd Manaf Z, Nur Afifah Vanitha A. Reminiscing traditional Malay shadow theatre: Knowledge retention of master puppeteers. In Recent Trends in Social and Behaviour Sciences - Proceedings of the 2nd International Congress on Interdisciplinary Behavior and Social Sciences 2013, ICIBSoS 2013. Taylor and Francis - Balkema. 2014. p. 83-88
Abdul Rahman, Ramlee ; Abd Manaf, Zuraidah ; Nur Afifah Vanitha, Abdullah. / Reminiscing traditional Malay shadow theatre : Knowledge retention of master puppeteers. Recent Trends in Social and Behaviour Sciences - Proceedings of the 2nd International Congress on Interdisciplinary Behavior and Social Sciences 2013, ICIBSoS 2013. Taylor and Francis - Balkema, 2014. pp. 83-88
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