Self-evaluation of learning activities by children in a library-makerspace: development and validation of a visual instrument

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Abstract

Learning activities in a makerspace are hands-on and characterized by design and inquiry. Evaluation is needed both for learners and their coaches in order to effectively guide the learning process of the children and for feedback on the effectiveness of the after-school maker activities. Due to its constructionist nature, learning in a makerspace requires specific forms of evaluation. In this paper we describe the development of an instrument that facilitates and captures reflection on the activities that children undertook in a library makerspace. Our aim is to capture learning in this context with multiple instruments: analysis of the artifacts that are made, observation of hands-on activities and interviews - which all are time consuming methods. Hence, we developed an easy to use tool for self-evaluation of maker learner activities for children. We build on the design of a visual instrument used for learning by design and inquiry in primary education. The findings and results are transferable to (formative) assessment and evaluation of learning activities by learners in other types of education and specific in maker education.
Original languageEnglish
Pages43-49
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 28 Sep 2018
EventFablearn: Maker Education: Leren Door te Maken - Klokgebouw, Eindhoven, Netherlands
Duration: 28 Sep 201828 Sep 2018
https://makereducation.nl/fablearn

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ConferenceFablearn
Abbreviated titleFablearn
CountryNetherlands
CityEindhoven
Period28/09/1828/09/18
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