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UK (Sheffield) (Makerspaces in the Early Years)

posted on 2020-04-24, 10:53 authored by Jacqueline Marsh, Annie Beech, Julia BishopJulia Bishop, Elizabeth ChesworthElizabeth Chesworth, Heather EllisHeather Ellis, Christina Fashanu, David HyattDavid Hyatt, Louise KayLouise Kay, Michail Kontopodis, Antonios Ktenidis, Jamal LahmarJamal Lahmar, Rachael Levy, Sabine LittleSabine Little, Bobby Syed MohamedBobby Syed Mohamed, Bethany NutbrownBethany Nutbrown, Bryony Olney, Marion Oveson, Laura Page, Kate PahlKate Pahl, Rebecca Parry, Mark Payne, Fiona Scott, Mark TaylorMark Taylor, Lisa Wallbank, James Wallbank, Elizabeth WoodElizabeth Wood
In the Sheffield MakEY project, pop-up makerspaces were organised in two nurseries and two primary school settings.

The first setting was a nursery school that caters for 90 children aged 3-4. The nursery serves diverse racial and ethnic communities, and many children speak English as an Additional Language. The second setting was a nursery unit with 45 children aged 3-4, that is part of a primary school in a primarily White, working class area of the city that is one of the most socially deprived nationally. The third setting was a Year 2 class in an inner-city Church of England (faith) primary school, with 28 children aged 6-7, the majority of whom were White. There was some diversity in the class with regard to socio-economic status, but many of the children came from middle-class families. The fourth setting consisted of two parallel Year 3 classes in a primary school, with 60 children aged 7-8 in total. The school was ethnically diverse, and located in an area of the city that has indicators of social deprivation. Makerspaces took place over a period of 4-5 days in each setting.

Data collected included fieldnotes, video recordings made by adult researchers in addition to still images and children wore Go-Pro cameras. Permission was not granted to share images and videos of children, but anonymised data are shared.



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