The Book

Maker-Centered Learning: Empowering Young People to Shape their Worlds

By Edward P. Clapp, Jessica Ross,

Jennifer Oxman Ryan, & Shari Tishman

Foreword by Ron Berger

Afterword by Wendy Donner

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ISBN: 978-1-119-25970-1, 256 pages, published by Jossey-Bass, December 5, 2016

The Essential Guide for Implementing Maker-Centered Teaching and Learning

Maker-Centered Learning offers educators and administrators a theoretical framework and a hands-on guide for navigating the burgeoning field of marker-centered teaching and learning. Written by a team of experts from the Agency by Design initiative at Harvard Graduate School of Education's Project Zero, this important resource identifies the core educational practices and ideas that define maker-centered learning, and introduces the essential concepts of maker empowerment and sensitivity to design.

The text explores the key characteristics of the educational environments and instructional designs under which maker-centered learning thrives, and describes unique thinking routines that foster the primary maker capacities of looking closely, exploring complexity, and finding opportunity. In addition, the authors identify the kinds of educational interventions that can support thoughtful reflection around maker-centered learning and the made dimensions of our world. Designed to be flexible, the framework for maker-centered learning presented by the Agency by Design team can be applied in a variety of environments.

If we are to equip the next generation for life and work in the decades ahead, it is vital to support maker-centered learning. Maker-Centered Learning provides insight into what it means to be truly educated, and offers tools and knowledge that can be applied anywhere learning takes place.

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The Agency by Design Project is generously supported by the Abundance Foundation.


To learn more...

Interested in further exploring the concepts discussed in Maker-Centered Learning with educators from around the globe? Enroll in the companion online course Thinking and Learning in the Maker-Centered Classroom offered by the Programs in Professional Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Join the upcoming Project Zero Perspectives conference: Making, Innovating, and Learning, in Pittsburgh, PA May 12-13, 2017—where the spotlight will be on maker-centered learning and the work of Agency by Design.

See what Agency by Design is up to on social media by following us on our Twitter and Instagram accounts, and help to spread the word about Maker-Centered Learning using the hashtag #AbDMCL.