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Maker-Centered Learning

Book Description

The Agency by Design guide to implementing maker-centered teaching and learning

Maker-Centered Learning provides both a theoretical framework and practical resources for the educators, curriculum developers, librarians, administrators, and parents navigating this burgeoning field. Written by the expert team from the Agency by Design initiative at Harvard's Project Zero, this book

  • Identifies a set of educational practices and ideas that define maker-centered learning, and introduces the focal concepts of maker empowerment and sensitivity to design.
  • Shares cutting edge research that provides evidence of the benefits of maker-centered learning for students and education as a whole.
  • Presents a clear Project Zero-based framework for maker-centered teaching and learning
  • Includes valuable educator resources that can be applied in a variety of design and maker-centered learning environments
  • Describes unique thinking routines that foster the primary maker capacities of looking closely, exploring complexity, and finding opportunity.

A surge of voices from government, industry, and education have argued that, in order to equip the next generation for life and work in the decades ahead, it is vital to support maker-centered learning in various educational environments. Maker-Centered Learning provides insight into what that means, and offers tools and knowledge that can be applied anywhere that learning takes place.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright
  4. Acknowledgments
  5. List of Tables and Figures
  6. Foreword
  7. Introduction
    1. What Is a Maker? And What Is Maker-Centered-Learning?
    2. A Road Map to the Journey Ahead
  8. Chapter 1: Exploring the Benefits of Maker-Centered Learning
    1. Learning from Maker Educators and Thought Leaders
    2. Identifying the Real Benefits of Maker-Centered Learning
    3. Recapping the Real Benefits of Maker-Centered Learning
  9. Chapter 2: Teaching and Learning in the Maker-Centered Classroom
    1. Maker-Centered Roots and Connections
    2. Who (and What) Are the Teachers in the Maker-Centered Classroom?
    3. What Does Teaching Look Like in the Maker-Centered Classroom?
    4. What Does Learning Look Like in the Maker-Centered Classroom?
    5. What Does the Maker-Centered Classroom Look Like?
  10. Chapter 3: Developing a Sense of Maker Empowerment
    1. What Is Agency?
    2. Agency and Maker Empowerment
    3. Empowerment and Social Justice
    4. Empowerment in Education
  11. Chapter 4: Developing a Sensitivity to Design
    1. Developing a Sensitivity to Design in a Consumer-Driven World
    2. What Is a Sensitivity to Design?
    3. How Are Students Sensitive (or Not) to Design?
    4. Seeing the Designed World as Malleable
  12. Chapter 5: Maker-Centered Teaching and Learning in Action
    1. A Framework for Maker Empowerment
    2. Tools and Techniques for Supporting Maker-Centered Thinking and Learning
  13. Conclusion
    1. Maker-Centered Learning: Challenges and Puzzles
    2. Looking Ahead: The Future of Maker-Centered Learning
    3. Imagine If …
  14. Afterword
  15. Appendix A: Overview of interview participants
  16. Appendix B: Thinking Routines
  17. Notes
    1. Introduction
    2. Chapter One
    3. Chapter Two
    4. Chapter Three
    5. Chapter Four
    6. Chapter Five
    7. Conclusion
  18. References
  19. Index
  20. About the Authors
  21. Thinking and Learning in the Maker-Centered Classroom
  22. End User License Agreement