Chapter 5Maker-Centered Teaching and Learning in Action

The preceding chapters introduced the twin concepts of maker empowerment and sensitivity to design and argued that one of the great promises of maker-centered learning is its potential to empower students to notice, redesign, and reinvent the designed dimensions of their worlds. This chapter presents a framework for cultivating a sensitivity to design and kindling maker empowerment. This framework is comprised of what we have come to believe are three primary maker capacities: looking closely, exploring complexity, and finding opportunity. Here we describe each of these inter-related capacities in detail. We also present several pictures of practice—illustrations of classroom practice and ...

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