Fostering learning through making: perspectives from the International Maker Education Network

Lock, Jennifer and Gill, David and Kennedy, Thomas and Piper, Stephanie and Powell, Alwyn (2020) Fostering learning through making: perspectives from the International Maker Education Network. International Journal of E-Learning and Distance Education, 35 (1).

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Abstract

How are we preparing teachers to design and foster learning through making where disciplinary knowledge and skills are applied and developed? One approach that addresses this question can be found from the International Maker Educational Network (IMEN); an online professional learning community built upon shared interests in educational making. Members meet regularly to share their maker context and experiences and what can be gleaned to help support developing capacity to design and facilitate learning through making. In further studying their professional practice using a self-study methodology, four IMEN members shared their respective maker contexts, illustrating examples of making in formal and informal learning environments and what is being learned from their experiences. These cases provide examples of strategies and approaches that are being used to support learning through making and provide insight into developing and utilizing knowledge and skills in fostering learning through making in P-16 educational contexts. The article concludes with three recommendations for practice to support educators and teacher educators in fostering learning through making.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Academic Division - Library
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Education (1 Jul 2019 -)
Date Deposited: 18 Nov 2020 03:03
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2020 23:20
Uncontrolled Keywords: learning, making, makerspaces, maker mindset, teachers, teacher educators This
Fields of Research (2008): 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130399 Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified
10 Technology > 1099 Other Technology > 109999 Technology not elsewhere classified
Fields of Research (2020): 39 EDUCATION > 3904 Specialist studies in education > 390499 Specialist studies in education not elsewhere classified
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/40103

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