ERIC Number: EJ1164939
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Abstractor: As Provided
UTeach Maker: A Micro-Credentialing Program for Preservice Teachers
Rodriguez, Shelly R.; Harron, Jason R.; DeGraff, Michael W.
Journal of Digital Learning in Teacher Education, v34 n1 p6-17 2018
"Making" has been used to describe an internally motivated iterative design process that embodies notions of playful building and tinkering. Recently, interest in applying making to PK-12 education has increased. As schools add facilities dedicated to making, there is a need to support teachers in effectively utilizing these makerspaces. UTeach Maker is a microcredentialing program that supports preservice teachers interested in bringing making into STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) classrooms and PK-12 makerspace environments. This article describes UTeach Maker and articulates success factors. These factors include a Maker Showcase framework, community support, and the public review and presentation of work in both digital and face-to-face formats. Challenges encountered in the program's first year and future steps are also discussed.
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, STEM Education, Performance Factors, Educational Environment, Design, Design Crafts, Community Support, Exhibits, Teaching Methods, Science Projects, Learning Activities, Elementary Secondary Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education
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