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Teachers in the making : an investigation of pre-service teacher experience in a maker faire setting, and the role of design thinking

Author:
O'Brien, Sean Michael
Degree Supervisor:
Jason Duque and Danielle Harlow
Place of Publication:
[Santa Barbara, Calif.]
Publisher:
University of California, Santa Barbara
Creation Date:
2016
Issued Date:
2016
Topics:
Teacher education
Keywords:
Teacher Education
Pre-service teachers
Design Thinking
Maker education
STEAM
Making
Genres:
Online resources and Dissertations, Academic
Degree Grantor:
University of California, Santa Barbara. Education
Dissertation:
Ed.D.--University of California, Santa Barbara, 2016
Description:

This qualitative research project applies a case study approach to investigating the nature of experience and interactions of four pre-service teachers who took part in facilitating an activity for a School Maker Faire. Additionally, the research looks for evidence of design thinking as a pedagogical practice, manifested by pre-service teachers in this environment. Data was collected in the form of stimulated recall interviews and semi-structured interviews. Analysis of the data was guided by the following three questions:

What is the experience of pre-service teachers in a Maker Faire environment? How do pre-service teachers interact with children in a Maker Faire? How do pre-service teachers display their pedagogical understanding of design thinking, in a Maker Faire environment?

Findings reveal the following four phenomena as being important influences on interaction and experience: pre-Maker Faire preparation, types of questions asked, the role of assessment, and the role of parents. Additionally, evidence suggests relationships between these influences and a pre-service teacher's level of adopting design thinking, however further research would be necessary in order to substantiate these findings to a degree of applicability for practitioners. This research study contributes to the growing literature on maker education and design thinking, as it applies to teacher education.

Physical Description:
1 online resource (210 pages)
Format:
Text
Collection(s):
UCSB electronic theses and dissertations
ARK:
ark:/48907/f3f18zwf
ISBN:
9781369576665
Catalog System Number:
990047512150203776
Rights:
Inc.icon only.dark In Copyright
Copyright Holder:
Sean O'Brien
File Description
Access: Public access
OBrien_ucsb_0035D_13317.pdf pdf (Portable Document Format)