Making Space for Inquiry-Focused Maker Spaces at School

Camille Rutherford, Dec 11, 2015
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Camille Rutherford writes, "the maker movement in education is founded upon inquiry-based learning within a hands-on focused environment. Consequently, maker education should be considered an evolution of constructivist philosophy that views learning as a highly personal endeavor that is student-driven and requires educators to act as inquiry facilitator rather than simply a disseminator of knowledge." My question would be: would it be true that the more it resembles a constructivist mode of enquiry, the less it resembles the original makerspace? Maybe it's more about how to "help students develop the self-regulation, critical thinking and cooperative skills" that it is about making things?

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