Informal Learning in a Public Library Makerspace for Youth in the Netherlands

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Abstract

Informal learning spaces create opportunities for children and youth to develop their talents and to experience new social roles. In recent years, several public libraries in the Netherlands have established makerspaces to empower youth by facilitating the development of their digital skills in conjunction with their creativity. The Amsterdam Public Library created a network of makerspaces (Maakplaats021) and provided training for the makerspace-coaches. These coaches – former librarians or other professionals – have a central role in the makerspace and fulfill several functions. This contribution describes informal learning of children in these makerspaces and distills critical features that enforce learning through the lens of children aged 8–12 and their makerspace-coaches.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMaker Education Meets Technology Education
Subtitle of host publicationReflections on Good Practices
EditorsRemke M. Klapwijk, Jianjun Gu, Qiuyue Yang, Marc J. de Vries
Place of PublicationLeiden
PublisherBrill Publishers
Chapter4
Pages51-63
ISBN (Electronic)9789004681910
ISBN (Print)9789004681897, 9789004681903
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2023

Publication series

NameInternational Technology Education Studies
Volume19

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