Advisor

Williams, Mia K.

Committee Member

Kyser, Christine D.

Committee Member

Ursyn, Anna

Committee Member

Vish, Iyer

Department

Educational Technology

Institution

University of Northern Colorado

Type of Resources

Text

Place of Publication

Greeley (Colo.)

Publisher

University of Northern Colorado

Date Created

8-2017

Genre

Thesis

Extent

174 pages

Digital Origin

Born digital

Abstract

This study examined makerspace instructor’s pedagogical practices and how these influenced learning within the space. Three different Makerspaces located in a library and K-12 were selected and studied. The instructors teaching within these spaces were observed, interviewed and artifacts collected. Preliminary results showed that the pedagogical practices of Makerspace instructors were in line with constructivist, framework for 21st century learning and constructionism theoretical framework. These results further showed that making and tinkering in the makerspace does contribute to learning if we define learning from the lenses of constructivist, framework for 21st century learning and constructionism framework. This study has several implications on education, learning through making and tinkering, on understanding Makerspace instructors and how their pedagogical practices are influencing students learning. In addition, administrators must provide support for teachers teaching in Makerspaces if they are to succeed in instilling the maker mindset.

Degree type

PhD

Degree Name

Doctoral

Language

English

Local Identifiers

Otieno_unco_0161D_10599

Rights Statement

Copyright is held by the author.

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