The Agency by Design framework for maker-centered learning has been applied across a variety of formal and informal settings to great effect. Nonetheless, there has been a perennial concern from early childhood educators about the applicability of this framework for young learners. At the same time, over the course of Agency by Design’s sustained work with early childhood educators, we have seen the power of the framework in various early childhood education contexts.

Beginning in January 2018, researchers from Project Zero have been partnering with educators and administrators at the Victoria Educational Organisation’s kindergartens in Hong Kong to extend and expand upon the work of Agency by Design by engaging in a two-year pilot study entitled Agency by Design: Early Childhood in the Making. The goal of this collaborative inquiry is to develop an early childhood-specific framework for maker-centered learning while also nurturing other generative cognitive dispositions and habits of mind at this critical stage of development.

By engaging in this work, we hope to extend the Agency by Design framework for maker-centered learning, and by doing so, expand the potential for early childhood maker-centered learning amongst young learners around the world


Project Info

Funder: Victoria Educational Organisation/Chow Tai Fook Education Group