The positioning of makerspaces in relation to government educational policy and curriculum

Introduction My latest reading examines the place of makerspaces for learning in the school curriculum as an analysis of contemporary educational policy around technology and computing education, at a time when makerspace education has been touted as “having the potential to empower young people to become agents of change in their communities” (Sheffield et al,…

The conceptualisation of well-being in education

Introduction Summer reading examined how well-being in schools has been conceptualised in different ways across disciplinary areas including psychology, sociology and economics, and relate findings back into my chosen context of maker education.  The reference of “optimal functioning and experience” from Ryan and Deci (2001) is one example of a broad and ambiguous definition of…

Student slam at the UKLA 55th International Conference

Literacy and Play for All: Improvisation, possibility and imagination I was delighted to contribute to the postgraduate research student slam at UKLA 2019, giving an opportunity to communicate ideas at this early stage of my EdD and experiment with the use of imagery. Learnt so much from peers and the conference workshop programme, with highlights…

The power of imagery to communicate research

Painting a picture worth a thousand words? With what can be thought of as a paradox between physical computing and well-being, it's been important for me to translate initial research questions with the use of imagery. Now with help from the fantastic Buttercrumble team, linking further well-being themes, I'll be using selected artwork created to…

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

(2018). Culture, technology and local networks: towards a sociology of ‘making’ in education. Cambridge Journal of Education: Vol. 48, No. 5, pp. 553-569. Articles Culture, technology and local networks: towards a sociology of ‘making’ in education Carlo Perrotta, Chris Bailey and Claire Garside Source: Culture, technology and local networks: towards a sociology of ‘making’ in…