Knitting Curriculum: Storied Threads of Pre-Service Art Teaching

Lisa M LaJevic, Kimberly Powell


In this paper, we explore a knitted curriculum. Connecting the traditional craft of knitting with meaning-making, art, and activism, we attempt to understand live(d) curriculum through two pre-service teachers' unique experiences. Based on a larger qualitative study that studies how pre-service art teachers make meaning and sense of their student teaching experiences, we investigate how student-teachers challenge traditional attitudes toward knitting and art, and explore the role knitting played in their development as art teachers. While the focus of the paper is on knitting as a curricular subject, we also rethink curriculum metaphorically through a knitted framework. Conceptualizing curriculum as "knitted" provides insight into the relational, embodied aspects of curriculum-how curriculum exists within and around each teacher and student in their everyday lives and the embedded intertwined threads of culture and society.

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