1st Edition

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

Edited By Cheryl A. McLean, Jennifer Rowsell Copyright 2021
    228 Pages 57 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    228 Pages 57 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    List of Figures

    List of Tables

    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



    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.