Exploring adolescents' productions of affect through beadwork

Open Access
Slivka, Julie Anne
Graduate Program:
Curriculum and Instruction
Doctor of Philosophy
Document Type:
Date of Defense:
June 05, 2013
Committee Members:
  • Gail Louise Boldt, Dissertation Advisor
  • Gail Louise Boldt, Committee Chair
  • Kimberly Anne Powell, Committee Member
  • Christine Thompson, Committee Member
  • Charles Richard Garoian, Special Member
  • affect
  • literacy
  • play
Elizabeth Ellsworth asked, “How does the fact of human embodiment affect activities of teaching and learning?” (2005, p. 2). I explored an expanded understanding beyond ‘what counts’ as literacy that exceeds the outcome-based approach of the New London Group (1996), to look closely at children’s embodied, affective ways of knowing. I examined the quality of participants’ exchanges and overall experiences as they continued to produce exciting affects, which generated new affects and intensities. I retraced participants’ interactions and productions of varied affects produced during interactions with other humans and non-humans, which played important, pivotal roles in participants’ interactions in an after-school space. In an era where standardized testing often privileges outcome-based learning and ignores individuals’ affective responses to their environment, play-oriented events may be discouraged in school spaces, yet demand a role in children’s development.