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TechTrends

, Volume 61, Issue 6, pp 589–594 | Cite as

Learning through Making and Maker Education

  • Yu-Chang Hsu
  • Sally Baldwin
  • Yu-Hui Ching
Original Paper

Abstract

In this paper, we provide an overview of the current efforts in maker education, supported by a review of empirical studies. Our synthesis will inform the community about learning outcomes, potential and common issues, challenges, resources, and future research direction regarding maker education.

Keywords

Coding E-textile Learning through making Maker education Maker movement Makerspaces Physical computing Programming 3D printing 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Educational TechnologyBoise State UniversityBoiseUSA

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