Culture, technology and local networks: towards a sociology of ‘making’ in education

PERROTTA, Carlo, BAILEY, Chris J and GARSIDE, Claire (2017). Culture, technology and local networks: towards a sociology of ‘making’ in education. Cambridge journal of education, 48 (5), 553-569.

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This article is about ‘making’ in education. Often associated with software programming (as in ‘digital making’), making can also involve creating or modifying physical technological artefacts. In this paper, making is examined as a phenomenon that occurs at the intersection of culture, the economy, technology and education. The focus is not on the effects on cognitive gains or motivations, but on locating making in a social, historical and economic context. Making is also described as a form of ‘material connotation’, where connotation refers to the process through which the technical structure of artefacts is altered by culture and society. In the second part of the paper, the theoretical discussion is complemented by a case study in which making is described as a networked phenomenon where technology companies, consultants, volunteers, schools, and students were all implicated in turning a nebulous set of practices and discourses into an educational reality.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: Education; 13 Education
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SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
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Date Deposited: 12 Jul 2019 10:15
Last Modified: 17 Mar 2021 23:34

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