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dc.contributor.authorBlackley, Susan
dc.contributor.authorRahmawati, Y.
dc.contributor.authorFitriani, E.
dc.contributor.authorSheffield, Rachel
dc.contributor.authorKoul, R.
dc.identifier.citationBlackley, S. and Rahmawati, Y. and Fitriani, E. and Sheffield, R. and Koul, R. 2018. Using a makerspace approach to engage Indonesian primary students with STEM. Issues in Educational Research. 28 (1): pp. 18-42.

© 2018, Western Australian Institute for Educational Research Inc. All rights reserved. This paper examines the learning experiences of 291 Year 5 and 6 Indonesian primary school students, across four schools in North Jakarta, who participated in an integrated STEM project that used a 3-phase Makerspace approach: exposure, engagement and experimentation, and evaluation and extension. The Wiggle Bots project involved these students employing their skills and knowledge of technology and science to create a ‘bot’, and then completing a survey that examined their confidence, engagement, identification and application of science knowledge. The results indicated that a Makerspace approach was very effective in engaging students in the STEM space, and students were also challenged to work collaboratively in groups mentored by pre-service teachers. With the application of STEM knowledge and skills, we also posit that the Makerspace approach is effective in the acquisition and demonstration of 21st century skills: problem-solving, critical and creative thinking, collaboration, and communication.

dc.publisherWestern Australian Institute for Educational Research Inc
dc.titleUsing a makerspace approach to engage Indonesian primary students with STEM
dc.typeJournal Article
dcterms.source.titleIssues in Educational Research
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curtin.facultyFaculty of Humanities

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