The specialist group of Maker culture, Design learning and Technology – MaDe, focuses on human creativity, corporality, and the relationship between handmaking and material and immaterial maker culture. We approach our research subjects from psychological, physiological, social, cultural, historical, economic and technological points of view. In our research, we are interested in creativity and expert knowledge that emerge though processes of design and skill learning. We study design, craft and home economics as maker cultures, related processes of designing and making, as well as, material and immaterial outcomes of those processes. Maker culture we define as a means for self-expression and skill development that promotes joy and sustainable well-being and that emphasizes experiences and creativity, in addition to the material outcomes of handmaking. Our field of research also governs aspects related to design, art, home economics, the management of everyday life, technology, sustainability and well-being. We are interested in the maker culture, its development and relations to local, as well as, virtual international, communities, in which skills of making by hand are practiced, taught and tutored.

We are also interested in social creativity, collaboration and communication. We examine pedagogical aspects that relate to knowledge-creating and teaching of design skills. In these cases, we focus on the skill pedagogy, skill learning, teaching, developing analysis methods for teaching, as well as, developing and studying teacher education. In this segment of our field of research, we are interested in promoting design learning in different learning environments. In addition, in research, we focus on utilizing new technologies, developing virtual learning environments and e-learning materials. Mixed reality, the merging of real and virtual worlds, also introduces new challenges and possibilities to creative learning, making and innovation.

The specialist group of Maker culture, Design learning and Technology, situates to the research interest areas of education, society, culture, learning and interaction, within the Faculty of Educational Sciences. Our research interests include, for example: maker cultures, developing skill cultures, virtual networks, skill learning and skill pedagogy, collaborative design and learning, and sustainable well-being.