Open Access Graduate Research Paper
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
Master of Arts
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
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©2019 Staci Novak
Novak, Staci, "The effects of a makerspace curriculum on the 4C's in education" (2019). Graduate Research Papers. 942.