This brief from Relating Research to Practice gives a summary of a literature review published in 2014. It looked at educational research around hands-on science or 'making and tinkering'. The authors considered what was known about learning opportunities for young people afforded by high quality tinkering and making experiences. Specifically they reviewed the historical roots of making, the emerging design principles that characterised tinkering and making programs, the pedagogical theories and practices that lead to supportive and collaborative learning environments, as well as the possibilities and tensions associated with equity-oriented teaching and learning.
This paper comes from a USA perspective but provides useful learning for other contexts.
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