On a making-&-tinkering approach to learning Mathematics in formal education: Knowledge gains, attitudes, and 21st-century skills
- 1. Cyprus Interaction Lab, Department of Multimedia and Graphic Arts, Cyprus University of Technology
- 2. Cyprus Interaction Lab, Department of Multimedia and Graphic Arts, Cyprus University of Technology and Research Center on Interactive Media, Smart Systems and Emerging Technologies (RISE)
Making and tinkering, as learning practices, have gained a lot of attention during the last decade, especially in STEAM education. Despite the significant interest in making-&-tinkering activities, most of the research has focused on implementations in non-formal and informal educational settings, with learners of older age (i.e., students in secondary school). The present study sought to investigate young students’ knowledge gains, attitudes towards a making-&-tinkering approach to learning mathematics in formal education and the development of 21st-century skills as they engaged in a collaborative making-&-tinkering project using a variety of arts, crafts, and technological tools such as a physical robot. The making-&-tinkering approach involved making, tinkering, programming, and play in a group project integrated into the formal mathematics curriculum. Findings from the study suggest that young students can greatly benefit from such an approach. The study has demonstrated the applicability and value of such methods for young learners in formal educational contexts, with implications for future research and practice in the field.
Timotheou _ Ioannou. 2019 (CSCL 2019 -Pre-Print version).pdf