To further aid the bottom-up maker education movement in The Netherlands, research is of importance. Commissioned by Platform Maker Education, two partner research groups have conducted a survey of maker education in the Dutch context. The research reports are now published and can be downloaded via the links below and at makereducation.nl.
The research existed of two lines:
Literature research, by Peter Troxler (Hogeschool Rotterdam and Creating 010)
This research report is in Dutch.
A practice-based research by Iris Douma (HKU) together with TU Eindhoven
This research report is in English.
Maker education is a new educational movement that sees potential in the process of ‘making’ at school. Maker education hopes to achieve the development of ‘maker-skills’ such as developing creativity, imagination, engineering and problem solving trough making in school. The Dutch Platform Maker Education is a platform where maker educators, people interested in maker education and makers themselves meet. The community shares ideas, and curriculum examples trough the digital platform as well as events organised by themselves. Platform Maker Education has a strong belief that maker education can help school children to gain 21st century skills (future-oriented skills) and become more self-directed and confident citizens, prepared for our fast and rapid changing society.
The goal of this report is:
- to connect existing international research about Maker education to Dutch maker education in practice;
- to gain insight in how the creative make and learn processes of Maker education in the Netherlands are set-up;
- to find out how the interest of students in technology is stimulated and what the role of using new technologies is.
Earlier, a report was published on the first work conference of the Platform Maker Education (in Dutch).