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Title: Embodied search processes in creative problem solving: How do people learn in makerspaces?
Authors: Tan, Michael
Keywords: Embodied cognition
Creative cognition
Student learning
Issue Date: Jun-2016
Citation: Tan, M. (2016). Embodied search processes in creative problem solving: How do people learn in makerspaces? In C. K. Looi, J. Polman, U. Cress, & P. Reimann (Eds.). Transforming learning, empowering learners: The International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS) 2016, Volume 2 (pp. 922-925). Singapore: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Abstract: In creative problem solving, an essential component is the divergent idea generation phase before deciding on a plan of action for convergent, relatively well structured problem solving. In makerspaces and other sites where problems are posed in physical form, the material affordances of the objects and their spatial configurations can aid or hinder the search through problem space for possible solutions. In this study, we present the preliminary results of a study involving six pairs of grade eight students involved in a school makerspace context. Given sixteen littleBits modules housed in a small toolbox, along with some light construction materials, students were tasked to produce a prototype of a device that could attract teachers’ attention during class work sessions. The material actions that students made in early exploration of project ideas were correlated to the creative outcomes of their project.
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