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People, tools and activities: a conceptual framework for realizing makerspace's educational potential

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Abstract: Makerspace is an environment where individuals use technology to create physical artifacts within the same manufacturer community. The growing interest in the educational potential of production activities has led many schools to purchase tools and technologies to build their own production space. However, few studies have investigated the effect of these emerging makerspaces on learning. In our work, we have narrowed the knowledge gap between the claimed manufacturing educational potential and its achievements. By synthesizing previous work and publicly available data about makerspace, we introduce a framework to locate makerspace s educational considerations and make suggestions for the future research direction of educational makerspace. be cognizant of Maker culture having emerged outside of the academic literature, we synthesize publically available data from 53 untraditional but relevant sources. These sources include definitions of Making forwarded by 3 well-established Maker initiatives (Makerspace, Hackerspace, and Fab Lab), 18 relevant sites of Making activities across the United States, 17 sites from other countries (namely, China, India, Morocco, and Spain), and 15 Maker initiatives at schools in the United States. After proposing and detailing the framework, we recommend directions for future research to attain the potential of educational Making.

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