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November 30, 2018

Makerspaces.  If you have been keeping up with me, then you know makerspaces are a huge passion of mine. As the Innovative Learning Specialist (ILS) at a public school that serves fifth/sixth graders, my passion was sparked last year when I launched makerspaces in our school library. After personally experiencing the impact makerspaces can have on students, that spark burst into a roaring fireMotivated by my belief that makerspaces can benefit everyone, I have been working hard designing an innovative plan with the big hairy audacious goal to equip my fellow innovative learning specialists at each campus the tools and mindset they will need to implement makerspaces in their school library. 

 

...but WHY makerspaces in OUR schools? 

While I have been busy researching the broad benefits makerspaces can provide communities and learners of all ages, what I haven't done is articulate why our district should be implementing makerspaces in our schools and how these spaces can specifically address our students needs. To answer why I will be conducting action research using Mertler's (2016) 4 stage/9 step action research process. 

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Action Research Design Outline 

 

Before I can say how makerspaces can help our students, I needed to determine what problem we face with our students. I began with a problem I have observed/heard about for years, which is our student's give up easily while completing difficult or new tasks. Using Mertler's (2016) 5 Why Process for Problem Identification, I discovered that:

 

Our students have a fixed mindset because the school's in our district do not provide the proper environment for students to fail in a safe space.

 

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After I had the problem identified I could move forward with developing my action research design outline. I used Mertler's (2016) Action Research Design Development template to plan out my research. 

 

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The audience for my action research design outline (and the research/data that follows) is my fellow innovative learning specialists. I will share this research with them as evidence to demonstrate how makerspaces can positively impact the type of students we serve in our district and will be added to phase one of my professional development plan for my co-workers to examine before beginning plans for their own makerspaces.

 

My literature review will focus on literature regarding makerspaces, the makerspace mindset and how experts have measured the success of makerpaces. 

 

References:

 

Mertler, C. A. (2016). Action research: Improving schools and                     empowering educators (5th ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA:                     SAGE Publications, Inc. ISBN-13: 978-1483389059

 

 

 

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