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Abstract

Makerspaces are becoming more common in schools K-12 as well as at the university level and encourage educators to think differently about learning. This review examines how a makerspace curriculum impacts the way in which learners apply the 4 C’s (creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, and communication). Thirteen peer-reviewed research studies published between 2014 and 2018 were selected for analysis. The reviewed research studies indicated that students who participate in makerspaces tend to use their creativity to problem-solve, are communicative and collaborative with other makers, and tend to use critical thinking skills when presented with an obstacle. Recommendations for implementation of and access to makerspaces K-12 and beyond are discussed including additional professional development for teachers. Future research to delve deeper into the post-education research of makerspaces improving the 4C’s skills of adults in the workforce is also suggested.

Year of Submission

2019

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

Department of Curriculum and Instruction

Date Original

2019

Object Description

1 PDF file (28 pages)

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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