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Title: Mundane Practices on the Edges of Intentional Design in a Maker Project
Authors: Mehto, Varpu
Bosch, Noora
Seitamaa-Hakkarainen, Pirita
Kangas, Kaiju
Keywords: Learning Sciences
Issue Date: 2022
Publisher: International Society of the Learning Sciences
Citation: Mehto, V., Bosch, N., Seitamaa-Hakkarainen, P., & Kangas, K. (2022). Mundane practices on the edges of intentional design in a maker project. In Chinn, C., Tan, E., Chan, C., & Kali, Y. (Eds.), Proceedings of the 16th International Conference of the Learning Sciences - ICLS 2022 (pp. 973-976). International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Abstract: Maker-centered learning engages students in the creation of tangible artifacts. We focus on the edges of this intentional design process, where mundane materially entangled practices that are not driven merely by human intention happen. We build on theoretical perspectives that consider practices as assemblages and matter as active, relational, and dynamic. Together with teachers, we conducted an invention project in Finland. Students aged 14 to 15 designed and built smart products in small teams. To understand the continuity of details, we analyzed video recordings of three teams’ design sessions on three levels: the macro, intermediate, and micro. The analysis framed the learning process as a balancing act. In addition to performing the learning task, students simultaneously created functional artifacts and adapted their creative flow to the institutional rhythm of the school classroom. Materiality created messiness and unpredictability but also provided tangible boundaries that allowed for action amidst this uncertainty.
Description: Short Paper
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