Student engagement in making : connecting research in student engagement and making in education

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Jonathan T. Gladson (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Beverly Faircloth

Abstract: Makerspaces have been making their way into K-12 classroom instructional practices in the last ten years. Research on best practices involving Making in education have been growing in the last several years. Looking at theories of making in education and best practices surrounding that, there are connections that can be made to research in student engagement. The purpose of this research is to examine student engagement in making, and factors that either increase student engagement or diminish student engagement. Factors that were discovered in this research include teacher understandings of and beliefs surrounding student engagement in making, school culture as it relates to creating iterative classroom environments, social-relationships and interactions in classroom environments, and making experiences that are meaningful to students. These findings support continued development of making practices in classroom.

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Language: English
Date: 2023
Design, Makerspaces, Making, Student Engagement
Maker movement in education
Engagement (Philosophy)
Motivation in education
Active learning

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