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Maker Literacies and Maker Identities in the Digital Age
Learning and Playing Through Modes and Media

ISBN 9780367502461
Published November 19, 2020 by Routledge
228 Pages 57 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book explores “making” in the school curriculum in a period in which the ability to create and respond to digital artifacts is key and focuses on makerspaces in educational settings.

Combining the arts with design to give a fuller picture of the engagement and wonder that unfolds with maker literacies, the book moves across such settings and themes as:

  • Creativity and writing in classrooms
  • Making and developing civic engagement
  • Emotional experiences of making
  • Race and gender in makerspace
  • Game-based play and coding in schools

and draws its case studies from the Netherlands, Finland, Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Giving as broad a perspective on makerspaces, making, and design as possible, the book will help scholars expand their understandings and help educators appreciate the power and worth of making to inspire students. It is useful for anyone hoping to apply design, maker, and makerspace approaches to their teaching and learning.

Table of Contents

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List of Contributors


Introduction: Towards a notion of perceptual making
Cheryl A. McLean & Jennifer Rowsell

Chapter 1 - 'Unruly Rules': Using Defamiliarisation to Tinker with Punctuation in Creative Writing Workshops
Hugh F. Escott, Sarah Christie, Jane Hodson, & Deborah Bullivant

Chapter 2 - Play in the Making: Developing a Range of Literacies through Making and Game-Based Activities
Sandra Schamroth Abrams & Thomas LaRocca

Chapter 3 - (Re)Mediating the Everyday: Examining Young Children’s Remediated Personal Narratives as Maker Literacies
Cassie J. Brownell

Chapter 4 - Re-configuring the Early Childhood Classroom as a Multimodal Makerspace
Lisa Kervin & Barbara Comber

Chapter 5 – Arts-Based Practice: A Tactical Pedagogy
Mark Shillitoe

Chapter 6 - Makerspaces in K-12 Schools: Six Key Tensions
Amy Stornaiuolo & T. Philip Nichols

Chapter 7 - Making Futures, Composing Worlds: Examining Young Children’s Making as Speculative Design
Jon M. Wargo & Melita Morales

Chapter 8 - The Sociomaterial Ecology of Emotions in a School’s Makerspace
Kristiina Kumpulainen & Anu Kajamaa

Chapter 9 - For a Fugitive Game Studies: Female Life’s Break from Game Culture and Black-Queer-Neurodiverse-Postcapitalist Revaluations of Game Study
Lea Ehret

Chapter 10 - Crafting Stories and Cracking Codes in a Canadian Elementary School
Amélie Lemieux & Jennifer Rowsell

Afterword: Dwelling on Making
Kylie Peppler


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Cheryl A. McLean is an Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Education, Rutgers University, USA.

Jennifer Rowsell is Professor of Literacies and Social Innovation and Deputy Head of School at the School of Education, University of Bristol, UK.