Learning to enhance children's creativity in a makerspace

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Maker education offers opportunities to stimulate the creativity of young people in various types of education. How to guide these learning processes, however, is an unexplored area for the supervisors (teachers and librarians). In the research-project presented, a professional learning community of librarians, teacher-researchers and maker educators investigates the pedagogy of ‘making’. The learning community consisted of twelve makerspace-coaches, three maker educators and three researchers. The interventions for enhancing creativity that were developed varied from redesign of the tasks to new forms of guiding students. It was noticed that the children came up with new ideas and were motivated to push out their frontiers. Furthermore, the coaches experienced that children’s creativity is not always visible in the final products of their making process, but rather in the process of making. The learning community turned out to be a fruitful approach for professionalization of makerspace-coaches.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the ATEE Winter Conference 15-17 April 2019
Subtitle of host publicationScience and mathematics education in the 21st century
EditorsLaurinda Leite, Elizabeth Oldham, Luísa Carvalho, Ana S. Afonso, Floriano Viseu, Luís Dourado, Maria Helena Martinho
Place of PublicationBrussels
ISBN (Print)9789082506549
Publication statusPublished - 2019
EventATEE (Association for Teacher Education in Europe) Winter Conference 2019: Science and mathematics education in the 21st century - Braga, Portugal
Duration: 15 Apr 201917 Apr 2019


ConferenceATEE (Association for Teacher Education in Europe) Winter Conference 2019
Abbreviated titleATEE 2019


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