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International NordFo Conference in Rauma, Finland, Sept. 28-30, 2016

The Rauma Unit of Turku University´s Department of Teacher Education hosted the 2016 NordFo conference under the theme Make it NOW! Learning, Exploring, Understanding.

The conference was a part of the anniversary celebration of 120 years of teacher education in Rauma as well as a part of the official program of the Finnish presidency year 2016 in the Nordic Council of Ministers.


Aims

Make it NOW! Learning, Exploring and Understanding -conference aims to provide an arena for discussions on craft, design and technology as an innovative combination of knowledge and skills related to eco-social values in altering the world according to human needs and wants.

The active and creative process of making is a key element when combining knowledge and skills in order to meet human needs and wants. In the 3D-world, the challenges of the constructed environment will be even more multi-material in the future.

Societies need active citizens who can collaboratively solve the problems and challenges arising and these individuals need meaningful experiences to develop the requisite knowledge and skills. Recently, research has emerged on the learning, exploring and understanding of the physical and material aspects of making as well as on the mental capital that  individuals need and acquire when using craft, design and technology in order to transform their ideas into material.

Invitation

To promote and broaden research and education and encourage the exchange of ideas and cooperation between key parties, we invite researchers, entrepreneurs, teachers, officers, curriculum developers, and all those interested to join this NordFo -conference, organized by the Rauma Unit of the Department of Teacher Education of the University of Turku. The critical and constructive exchange of ideas and debate are welcomed!

It is a great honor and pleasure to welcome you to the Make it NOW! -conference on September 28 through 30, 2016 on behalf of the NordFo-organization and the University of Turku, Rauma Unit.

We look forward to seeing you in Rauma!

Eila Lindfors
Professor in Craft Design and Technology Education,
The Head of the Conference