1st Edition

The Literacy of Play and Innovation
Children as Makers

ISBN 9780815384298
Published December 19, 2018 by Routledge
186 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations

USD $155.00

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Book Description

The Literacy of Play and Innovation provides a portrait of what innovative education looks like from a literacy perspective. Through an in-depth case study of a "maker" school’s innovative design—in particular, of four early childhood educator’s classrooms—this book demonstrates that children’s inspiration, curiosity, and creativity is a direct result of the school environment. Presenting a unique, data-driven model of literacy, play, and innovation taking the maker movement beyond STEM education, this book helps readers understand literacy learning through making and the creative approaches embedded in early literacy classroom practices.

Table of Contents


List of Figures



1 Introduction: New Possibilities: The Potential of Makerspaces as Literacy-Play Learning Environments

2 The Spark of Mindful Design: Envisioning Equity in a Culture of Innovation

3 The Wonderings of the Krewe

4 The Whimsy of the Maker

5 The Cleverness of Innovation

6 Literacy for the Bricoleur



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Christiane Wood is an Assistant Professor in Literacy Education at California State University, San Marcos, USA.