Relational Equity as a Design Tool Within Making and Tinkering Activities

Daniela K. DiGiacomo, Kris D. Gutiérrez

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ABSTRACT: This article focuses on the partner-like relations that emerge between undergraduates and youth as they engage in “Making and Tinkering” activities in an afterschool learning ecology, and illustrates the potential for designed tinkering activity to produce relational equity among participants. Grounded in sociocultural theory, but leveraging theoretical contributions from learning sciences and tinkering research, we draw on ethnographic data across one year to examine how the social organization of Making & Tinkering activities provides necessary social conditions for “feedback-in-practice” and consequential learning. Analyses of interactions reveal how more symmetrical intergenerational relationships serve in the design of equitable learning spaces.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)141-153
Number of pages13
JournalMind, Culture, and Activity
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2 2016

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We thank the MacArthur Foundation Connected Learning Research Network for their continued support with this research, as well as the CU Boulder Educational Psychology/El Pueblo M?gico research team and the elementary school site support. We also want to thank a number of the CU Boulder Learning Sciences faculty including Susan Jurow, Bill Penuel, and Ben Kirshner for providing supportive feedback for this project. We acknowledge Shirin Vossoughi and Meg Escud? for their conceptual, pedagogical, and pragmatic framing of the Making & Tinkering activities that helped constitute our Making and Tinkering activities at EPM

Publisher Copyright:
© 2016 Regents of the University of California on behalf of the Laboratory of Comparative Human Cognition.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Anthropology
  • Cognitive Neuroscience


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