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.

Author Biographies

Lisa M LaJevic

Lisa LaJevic is an Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator of Art Education at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ). Her research interests include arts integration, teacher education, and curriculum and pedagogy. Dr. LaJevic's research has led to a number of conference presentations and published journal articles. Prior to completing her doctorate in Art Education at the Pennsylvania State University (2009), she was an elementary art teacher in an arts-infused public school. In addition, she is active in many professional organizations, and has also worked with several art museums and non-profit community art organizations.

Kimberly Powell

Kimberly Powell is an Assistant Professor of Programs in Language, Culture, and Society and Art Education at The Pennsylvania State University. Focusing primarily on the arts, her research and publications reflect a concern for the production of cultural meaning via the theoretical and methodological lenses of embodied learning and em/placement, sensory studies, anthropology and cultural studies, aesthetics, and performance, particularly as these relate to diversity and identity. She is the recipient of the Council on Anthropology and Education's 2007 Outstanding Dissertation Award for exemplary scholarship in the field of anthropology and education.






Cultural Studies and Curriculum