Making and Tinkering: A Review of the Literature

Thursday, January 1, 2015
Resource Type:
Literature Review | Research Products
Environment Type: 
Public Programs, Making and Tinkering Programs
Elementary School Children (6-10) | Middle School Children (11-13) | Youth/Teen (up to 17) | Educators/Teachers | Museum/ISE Professionals
Computing and information science | Education and learning science | Engineering | Technology

In this paper, commissioned as part of a consensus study on successful out-of-school STEM learning, we draw on the research literature to consider (1) what is known about the impact of tinkering and making experiences on school-aged children’s learning (interest in, engagement with and understanding of STEM in particular); (2) the emerging design principles and pedagogies that characterize tinkering and making programs; and (3) the specific tensions and possibilities within this movement for equity-oriented teaching and learning.


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