Maker Literacies and Maker Citizenship in the MakEY (Makerspaces in the Early Years) Project

Jackie Marsh, Hans Christian Arnseth, Kristiina Kumpulainen

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In this paper, the potential relationship between creative citizenship and what may be termed ‘maker literacies’ is examined in the light of emergent findings from an international project on the use of makerspaces in early childhood, “MakEY” (see The paper outlines the concept of creative citizenship and considers the notion of maker literacies before moving on to examine how maker literacies might be developed in early-years curricula in ways that foster civic engagement. Three vignettes are offered of makerspaces in early-years settings and a museum in Finland, Norway, and the UK. The activities outlined in the vignettes might be conceived of as ‘maker citizenship’, a concept which draws together understandings of making, digital literacies, and citizenship. The paper considers the implications of this analysis for future research and practice.
Original languageEnglish
Article number50
JournalMultimodal Technologies and Interaction
Issue number3
Number of pages19
Publication statusPublished - 28 Aug 2018
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Fields of Science

  • 516 Educational sciences
  • makerspaces
  • maker literacies
  • multimodal learning

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