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Literacy Research Association 2015

Tucker-Raymond, E., Gravel, B., Kohberger, K., & Browne, K. (December, 2015). Creative Representations: Literacy Practices in Making Activities. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Literacy Research Association, Carlsbad, CA.

This article suggests an analytic frame for observing and explaining literacy practices in makerspaces by describing four different adult maker literacy practices: a) identifying, organizing, and integrating information across sources; b) creating and traversing representations; c) communicating with others for giving or receiving help, feedback, or showing a project at different stages of the making process (e.g., ideating, designing/planning, making, sharing). Through interviews we explore fourteen adults’creative representational processes with the goal of helping to document and build expansive spaces for learning and literacy that are inclusive of a wide range of making activities and learning opportunities.

FabLearn 2015
The Practice of IOI in Making

“We had to find you know the right suppliers, and the right parts and custom make some parts and um, eventually we got there.” - A

“Almost always the first step for me is to identify the community that is good at it... figuring out which one of those it is, is a mix of what community is [responsible].” – B

“Did [this new component] just solve my problems and I can just stick it into my project [to improve it] or do I have to figure out how [the new component works in order to change its configuration to work with my parts]? Alright, so I take sort of a people to people approach, or a related project search to start exploring what other projects have parts that might be useful.” – C

“Here's what I have, and I know what is in my inventory, and I know where [new components] can connect, and one might have a wireless means of connecting to my creation, and others might use ethernet, or a new type of cable and/or connector. I have to determine whether my new and existing components speak the same voltage... if not, I have to figure out whether it is worth acquiring or making an interface that can connect old and new parts?” – C

Read more:

Gravel, B.E., Tucker-Raymond, E., Kohberger, K.,  & Browne, K. (2015, September). Literacy practices of experienced makers: Tools for navigating and understanding landscapes of possibility. Paper presented at Fablearn 2015, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA.