Making Space for Makerspaces
While conducting research for my recent graduate thesis to complete my Master’s degree in Educational Technology from New Jersey City University, I uncovered the fact that the maker movement, a seemingly modern creation, actually has its roots traced back thousands of years ago. Confucius and Aristotle were both proponents of learning by doing. Socrates provided a model of learning that is still relevant in the digital age by emphasizing the process of learning through questioning, inquiry and critical thinking. The learning theories first advanced by these early philosophers are aligned with the modern maker movement.