Investigating the promises, practices, and pedagogies of maker-centered learning.
Educational initiatives that emphasize making, design, engineering, and tinkering have been gaining traction in schools and organizations across the country. While maker-centered learning is not a new concept, recent and emerging trends suggest a new kind of hands-on pedagogy—a responsive and flexible pedagogy that encourages community and collaboration (a do-it-together mentality), distributed teaching and learning, and crossing boundaries.
Supported by the Abundance Foundation, Agency by Design (AbD) is a multiyear research initiative at Project Zero investigating the promises, practices, and pedagogies of maker-centered learning experiences.
Beginning in 2012, our work was guided by three questions:
1) How do maker educators and leaders in the field think about the benefits and outcomes of maker-centered learning experiences?
2) What are some of the key characteristics of environments in which maker-centered learning thrives?
3) What kinds of educational interventions can we develop that support thoughtful reflection around maker-centered learning and the made dimensions of our world?