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Multimodal Technologies Interact. 2018, 2(3), 50;

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

School of Education, The University of Sheffield, 241 Glossop Road, Sheffield S10 2GW, UK
Department of Education, University of Oslo, Problemveien 7, 0315 Oslo, Norway
Department of Education, University of Helsinki, Yliopistonkatu 4, 00100 Helsinki, Finland
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Received: 24 May 2018 / Revised: 11 August 2018 / Accepted: 17 August 2018 / Published: 28 August 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Multimodal Learning)
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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. View Full-Text
Keywords: makerspaces; citizenship; maker literacies; multimodal learning makerspaces; citizenship; maker literacies; multimodal learning

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Marsh, J.; Arnseth, H.C.; Kumpulainen, K. Maker Literacies and Maker Citizenship in the MakEY (Makerspaces in the Early Years) Project. Multimodal Technologies Interact. 2018, 2, 50.

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