The Connected Qualities of Design Thinking and Maker Education practices in Early Education: A narrative review

Annemiek Veldhuis, Bernice D'Anjou, Tilde Bekker, Ioanna Garefi, Panagiota Digkoglou, Georgia Safouri, Silvia Remotti, Emer Beamer Cronin, Madalina Bouros

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Abstract

Design Thinking (DT) and Maker Education (ME) are fairly new approaches that aim to equip students with skills for the 21st century. As DT and ME both involve a design process, these might be combined. To guide design processes that aim to combine DT and ME in early education, we review 28 formal and non-formal educational practices aimed at children 8 to 14 years old that have incorporated DT or ME over the past 10 years. We analyse their qualities in terms of their Objectives, Learning Activities, the Teacher's Role, and Assessment Activities. From our findings, we develop an overview that showcases the connections between these qualities within the selected practices. We found that not all components were aligned well. Therefore, we outline the DT and ME Curriculum Blueprint, a tool aimed to support reflection on the alignment between these components in the development of DT and ME practices in early education.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of 5th FabLearn Europe / MakeEd Conference 2021
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
ISBN (Electronic)9781450389891
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jun 2021
Event5th International Conference on Computing, Design and Making in Education, FabLearn Europe / MakeEd 2021 - Virtual, Online, Switzerland
Duration: 2 Jun 20213 Jun 2021

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series

Conference

Conference5th International Conference on Computing, Design and Making in Education, FabLearn Europe / MakeEd 2021
Country/TerritorySwitzerland
CityVirtual, Online
Period2/06/213/06/21

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work is part of the DESIGN FUTURES project and has been partially funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union under the Project ID: 2019-1-NL01-KA201-060353.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2021 Owner/Author.

Keywords

  • Curriculum development
  • Design Thinking
  • Maker Education
  • Narrative review

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