What is the pedagogy behind a Maker Space? What are the benefits of this pedagogy to students?
American International School of Chennai, India: Maker Space, Design Saturday
At the root of the Maker Space pedagogy is the idea of allowing students to create their own learning and knowledge within a space designed to allow them to interact with physical objects. It is constructivist at heart, building upon the early ideas of Jean Piaget. According to Gary Stager, “The Maker Movement is a vehicle that will allow schools to be part of the necessary return to constructivist education. A movement that will allow students to be creative, innovative, independent, and technologically literate; not an ‘alternative’ way to learn, but what modern learning should really look like” (Makerspace). Students in active Maker lessons are fully engaged. They collaborate with other students and learn from failures. Students create new experiences and stretch their understanding. Teachers are facilitators and help support students in learning (Stager). Those students who learn by doing will thrive in this type of environment (7 Things).
There are many benefits of Maker Spaces, but most importantly, they allow students to be creative, to explore, to innovate, to fail and try again, to solve problems, and use critical thinking skills. They let students guide their own learning and promote working through problems. Students are encouraged to be hands on and to learn by discovery. Maker Spaces motivate students to participate because they enjoy it (Bannan).
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Makerspace for Education. (2017). Retrieved June 03, 2017, from http://www.makerspaceforeducation.com/
Stager, G. What’s the Maker Movement and Why Should I Care? (2014). Retrieved June 03, 2017, from http://www.scholastic.com/browse/article.jsp?id=3758336