Educator Resources

The Agency by Design Framework

A key goal of maker-centered learning is to help young people and adults feel empowered to build and shape their worlds. Acquiring this sense of maker empowerment is strongly supported by learning to notice and engage with the designed dimension of one’s physical and conceptual environment—in other words, by having a sensitivity to design. This sensitivity develops when young people and adults have opportunities to: look closely and reflect on the design of objects and systems, explore the complexity of design, and understand themselves as designers of their worlds.

The interrelated nature of these capacities—looking closely, exploring complexity, and finding opportunity—is illustrated by the three parts of the circle pictured below.

Want to find out more about the Agency by Design framework?


Click above to see Thinking Routines from the Agency by Design project, designed for use in teaching and learning environments.


Click these links to see the maker capacities in real-life teaching and learning settings: 


Click above to learn more about Agency by Design's online course, offered by Programs in Professional Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.



Click above to read more about the Agency by Design framework and its uses in classroom settings through the book Maker-Centered Learning: Empowering young people to shape their worlds.


Click these links to see Agency by Design out in the world--in classrooms, at conferences, and more--through our social media feeds.

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