Touch for Meaning-Making in Multisensory Makerspaces

Year: 2021

Author: Friend, Lesley

Type of paper: Symposium

The role that touch and the body play in meaning-making has been under-represented in digital media and under-theorised in educational research. This multisite, cross-national qualitative research examined the role of touch as students produced creative media in Australian and USA three-dimensional makerspaces. Findings show how touch afforded agency and knowledge through an embodied experience of body-mind-materials and that led to a typology of touch. This study has broader implications for education and learning, given that all human cognition is body-based.