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ERIC Number: EJ1248595
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2020
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1350-293X
Children's Views on Making and Designing
Hatzigianni, Maria; Stevenson, Michael; Bower, Matt; Falloon, Garry; Forbes, Anne
European Early Childhood Education Research Journal, v28 n2 p286-300 2020
This paper will focus on children's views on their making and design capabilities. There is a paucity of research investigating learning in makerspaces particularly for younger children. Theoretical ideas based on constructionism (Papert), Vygotsky (socio-constructivism) and Dewey's pragmatic, inquiry based and reflective learning underpin this study. Fourteen group interviews were conducted with 34 young children (five to eight years old). Their responses were inductively and thematically analysed. Children provided rich insights into new pedagogical approaches, like makerspaces, and identified challenges with the use of the digital tools (3D App and 3D printers). Children enjoyed directing their own learning and viewed their experiences as creative. This research will advance knowledge on how makerspaces and design thinking skills can be integrated in early childhood and early primary education.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education; Kindergarten; Primary Education; Grade 1; Grade 2
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
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