Journal article

Children's views on making and designing

Maria Hatzigianni, Michael Stevenson, Matt Bower, Garry Falloon, Anne Forbes

EUROPEAN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION RESEARCH JOURNAL | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2020

Abstract

This paper will focus on children’s views on their making and design capabilities. There is a paucity of research investigating learning in makerspaces particularly for younger children. Theoretical ideas based on constructionism (Papert), Vygotsky (socio-constructivism) and Dewey's pragmatic, inquiry based and reflective learning underpin this study. Fourteen group interviews were conducted with 34 young children (five to eight years old). Their responses were inductively and thematically analysed. Children provided rich insights into new pedagogical approaches, like makerspaces, and identified challenges with the use of the digital tools (3D App and 3D printers). Children enjoyed directing..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This study was funded in part by an AusIndustry Innovation Connections Grant, the NSW Department of Education, and Makers Empire Pty Ltd.