USN, in the form of researchers in the EMAL research group, is a collaborating partner in the research project “Materiality, maker practices and design studio pedagogy at the digital age” (MakerStudioPeda) research project, initiated and lead by Maarit Mäkelä at the Aalto University and Pirita Seitamaa-Hakkarainen at the University of Helsinki. Other collaborative partners are Jessica Hemmings, University of Gothenburg and Flemming Tvede Hansen, Royal Danish Academy.
The MakerStudioPeda project analyses pedagogical processes and practices of systematically educating creativity in university-level design and craft teacher education. The project is funded by the Academy of Finland and is now in its third year.
The project had its summer school meeting, gathering project members, collaborators and advisory board members to a seminar and open lectures at Aalto University May 23-25, 2023. Keynote lectures were given by Keith Sawyer from University of South Carolina and Nithikul Nimkulrat Ontario College of Art and Design, Canada.
Emal research group member Camilla Groth participated in the seminar and following workshop, presenting how teachers at Notodden teach for creativity, based on discussions with several Emal members who are also teachers in arts, design and crafts, such as Åsta Rimstad, Ellen Baskår, Liv Andrea Mosdøl, Tassy Thompson, Jostein Sandven, Brynjar Olafsson and Astrid Hus.