Agency in the Making : Analyzing students’ transformative agency in a school-based makerspace

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Kajamaa , A & Kumpulainen , K 2019 , ' Agency in the Making : Analyzing students’ transformative agency in a school-based makerspace ' , Mind, Culture, and Activity , vol. 26 , no. 3 , pp. 266-281 . https://doi.org/10.1080/10749039.2019.1647547

Title: Agency in the Making : Analyzing students’ transformative agency in a school-based makerspace
Author: Kajamaa, Anu; Kumpulainen, Kristiina
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Learning, Culture & Interventions (LECI)
University of Helsinki, Learning, Culture & Interventions (LECI)
Date: 2019
Language: eng
Number of pages: 16
Belongs to series: Mind, Culture, and Activity
ISSN: 1074-9039
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/307448
Abstract: Despite the potential of digitally enhanced learning environments for supporting twenty-first-century learning and educational change, there is a dearth of research knowledge on students' transformative agency in their use of digital technologies and media within these contexts. Transformative agency accounts for young people's initiative and commitment to transform their activity and its context(s) for personal and/or academic ends. This paper reports an investigation of students' transformative agency in a novel, student-centered design and learning environment, referred to as a makerspace. We present our empirical findings as a narrative, illustrating how transformative agency emerged and developed via three intertwined discursive and action-level manifestations of such agency, namely "deviating", "switching", and "transfiguring", in the social activity of a group of four 5th grade students participating in the makerspace environment over one school semester. Our study makes an original contribution to the research on students' transformative agency and its temporal unfolding in a novel digitally enhanced learning environment.
Subject: ACTIVIST STANCE
DESIGN
IDENTITY
SCIENCE
SOCIOCULTURAL APPROACH
TEACHER AGENCY
TECHNOLOGY
516 Educational sciences
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