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ERIC Number: EJ1197292
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Dec
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0957 7572
Navigating Worlds of Information: STEM Literacy Practices of Experienced Makers
Gravel, Brian E.; Tucker-Raymond, Eli; Kohberger, Kaitlin; Browne, Kyle
International Journal of Technology and Design Education, v28 n4 p921-938 Dec 2018
Making as a design-centered learning activity has recently received significant attention in education. We use literacies--how individuals use representations to learn--to explore the STEM literacy practices of experienced designers and makers. Describing makers' representational practices in STEM contexts can inform the design of literacy supports for young makers that can encourage their use of representations to connect STEM disciplines and design practices. We interviewed experienced makers to describe one literacy practice central to design: identifying, organizing, and integrating information. Makers enacted this practice within specific making processes--e.g., designing--with the purpose of sourcing and navigating information related to their chosen problems. The research supports efforts to bridge learning while making with learning in schools by positioning STEM literacies as central practices involved in the processes of designing and making.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: DRL1422532