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Title: Exploring Different Facilitator Roles in Maker-Based Learning
Authors: Zhang, Eda
White, Annie
Todd, Katie
Wardrip, Peter
Keywords: Learning Sciences
Issue Date: 2022
Publisher: International Society of the Learning Sciences
Citation: Zhang, E., White, A., Todd, K., & Wardrip, P. (2022). Exploring different facilitator roles in maker-based learning. In Chinn, C., Tan, E., Chan, C., & Kali, Y. (Eds.), Proceedings of the 16th International Conference of the Learning Sciences - ICLS 2022 (pp. 2070-2071). International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Abstract: The purpose of this study is to investigate how different facilitator roles (educator, adult caregiver, peer and self-facilitation) influence children’s learning engagement--specifically, the learning practices of seeking and sharing resources (SSR)--in a museum’s makerspace. We address two research questions: 1). In what ways do learners' engagement vary when facilitated by different facilitator roles? 2). In what ways do different types of facilitators influence SSR practices across age ranges? The results show that facilitation from caregivers and self-directed facilitation is associated with significantly more SSR practices. Additionally, we found that the influence of different types of facilitators on learning engagement varies across ages. Self-directed learning is associated with an increase of SSR as children grow, while facilitation from caregivers is associated with a decline of SSR as children age. Based on these findings, we discuss implications for facilitation in museum makerspace.
Description: Poster
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