Recycling, crafting and learning – an empirical analysis of how students learn with garments and textile refuse in a school remake project

Recycling, crafting and learning – an empirical analysis of how students learn with garments and textile refuse in a school remake project

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Hanna Hofverberg & Ninitha Maivorsdotter

Pages: 1-16 | DOI: 10.1080/13504622.2017.1338672

Abstract

Creative remake assignments using garments and textile refuse are common educational projects to promote environmental and sustainability actions. However, very little empirical research has been carried out on the learning processes of remake projects. In this article, the aim is to examine how students learn with garments and textile refuse when engaging in a remake project. The exploration is conducted in a Swedish crafts class, educational sloyd, as a case. Practical epistemological analysis and the concept of transactant are used to analyse and be attentive to the learning process. The findings show how students transact with the idea of a product, the material’s capabilities and the remake techniques. Further, the transactants show what participates and makes the learning process turn in specific directions, which is further discussed in the paper. Based on this empirical research, we may increase our understandings of how the learning processes is made in the remake project, and that knowledge can help us understand, and thus improve the quality of remake projects in relation to the environmental and sustainability aims.

Keywords: Recycling, remake, learning, arts and crafts, transactant

http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13504622.2017.1338672

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