Crafticulation as a method of knowledge creation

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Lahti , H & Fernström , P 2021 , ' Crafticulation as a method of knowledge creation ' , Craft Research , vol. 12 , no. 2 , pp. 183-204 .

Title: Crafticulation as a method of knowledge creation
Author: Lahti, Henna; Fernström, Päivi
Other contributor: University of Helsinki, Maker@STEAM
University of Helsinki, Maker culture, Design learning and Technology (MaDe)

Date: 2021-09-01
Language: eng
Number of pages: 22
Belongs to series: Craft Research
ISSN: 2040-4689
Abstract: Our aim in this article is to introduce the idea of ‘crafticulation’ as a part of scientific method and to present a case study related to it. A novel course, Materializing in Craft Science, was offered in the first year of the craft teacher master’s degree at the University of Helsinki. The aim of the course was to pilot a method of crafticulation by materializing theoretical mind maps. Crafticulation consists of the words, ‘craft’ and ‘articulation’ and further, crafticulation is seen as a part of practice-led research in which craft plays a key role in eliciting a wide spectrum of knowledge. Our research question is how crafticulation emerged in students’ inquiry processes. The research data included twenty individual mind maps, materializations and reflections of the course. Based on theory-driven data analysis, the results indicated that many students used crafticulation for demonstration purposes. For example, they tested the connection between their craft-making process and well-being. Another approach was to convey a certain experience by way of crafticulation. In some cases, crafticulation was linked to analogies and metaphors in learning theoretical concepts. Furthermore, the students found new avenues in which to reflect research topics and to deepen their inquiry processes.
Subject: 516 Educational sciences
craft education
Craft science
creative process
knowledge creation

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