Engaging Preservice Teachers in the Makerspace: Embracing the Maker Movement in a Multi-Level Teacher Preparation Program
Tuesday, March 27 1:45 PM-2:45 PM Location: Edison Ballroom D
Presider: Wei-Fan Chen, The Pennsylvania State University, United States
Abstract: This study focuses on integrating the maker movement and makerspaces into two preservice teacher preparation courses. The first course–an undergraduate course at the beginning of the teacher preparation cycle–required students to develop their concepts of education, teaching, and learning through a makerspace-based project. The second course–at the masters level and part of an accelerated teacher preparation program–engaged students with maker movement principles and makerspace work while student teaching. Through qualitative data collection and analysis methods, the researchers involved in this study explore the affordances and constraints of using makerspaces in pre-existing teacher preparation courses at multiple levels. Research implications and paths forward are provided and discussed.