Designing, Evaluating and Assessing Learning and Engagement in School, Library, Museum and Community Makerspaces

Call for papers for: Information and Learning Sciences

Guest Editors

Peter Samuelson Wardrip, Assistant Professor of STEAM Education, Curriculum and Instruction University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA

Samuel Abramovich, Associate Professor, Learning and Instruction/Information Science, University at Buffalo, USA

Caitlin K. Martin, Principal, ckMartin Consulting, Chicago, IL, USA

Annie White, Senior Research Associate, Fred Rogers Center, Latrobe, PA, USA
Lauren Penney, Making Spaces Program Manager, Maker Ed, Berkeley, CA, USA

Stephanie Chang, Director of Impact, Maker Ed, Berkeley, CA, USA

Lisa Brahms, Director of Education, Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich, VT, USA

Overview of Special Issue

This special issue aims to further our understanding of learning and engagement in educational Makerspaces, soliciting contributions from scholars in the information sciences, learning sciences, educational technology research and librarianship, along with researchers who specialize in informal education and other related disciplines. Our goal for this special issue is to bring together articles from multiple projects that have explored conceptualizing and designing assessment of learning and engagement in Makerspaces from a variety of approaches and theoretical frameworks. 

Making and learning in Makerspaces - recognized as a social, technological and economic movement - is characterized by participants’ interest-driven engagement in creative production at the crossroads and fringes of disciplines such as science, technology, engineering, art, and math (Dougherty, 2016; Sheridan et al., 2014; Wardrip, Brahms, Carrigan & Reich, 2016). Not only has Making emerged as an engaging entry point and activity for STEM education (Calabrese Barton & Tan, 2018; Honey & Kanter, 2013; Peppler & Bender 2013), but making and tinkering have also been purported to further goals related to workforce development (Anderson, 2012; Hatch, 2014), persistence in the face of failures during the development of innovative and entrepreneurial skills (Benton, Mullins, Shelley & Dempsey, 2013) and technical literacy (Lande & Jordan, 2014). 
However, for some time, making practices have been ahead of research related to making and tinkering. Simultaneously, the practice of making and tinkering as an educational approach has spread across libraries (e.g. Bowler et al, 2016; Chang et al, 2019), museums (e.g. Wardrip et al, 2016), K-12(e.g. Koh, Snead & Lu, 2019; Wardrip & Brahms, 2016) and afterschool settings (e.g. Bevan, Ryoo, & Shea, 2017). With this increased emergence in educational contexts, so is there an increased need for assessment and evaluation tools. Educators need assessment to provide meaningful feedback to learners, to justify programs and curricula, to make claims about learning and engagement, and to support educator reflection to shift instructional practice and design. In short, assessment is integral to good instruction (Shepard, 2000), and in Makerspaces, designers of learning experiences are increasingly using assessment and evaluation approaches to establish learning goals and objectives, and to research the ways in which the designed experience actually meets them. Such practices can also lead to iterative refinement and improvement of Makerspace experience design.

In this issue, we seek high-quality, innovative articles that address conceptual, critical, and empirical issues relevant to design, assessment and evaluation in educational makerspaces. If the articles are conceptual or critical, we encourage authors to include cases or data from past or ongoing research that helps solidify or demonstrate how ideas and concepts can be operationalized in ongoing and future work. If the articles are empirical, we encourage authors to present their theoretical framework, methods, a description of their data, and how their analyses support their findings. We also strongly encourage design-based implementation studies that elicit instructional and learning theory contributions, as well as those that elicit theory-informed pragmatic guidelines and empirically supported best practices on Makerspace design, especially with attention to the roles of varying context factors.
Important Dates

Due date: September 9, 2020
Reviewer invite agreements secured: September 24, 2020
Reviews due: October 22, 2020 
Decision made, meta-reviews sent: November 14, 2020
Revisions due: January 25, 2021
Final Manuscript Decisions: February 10, 2021
Production: Mar/April 2021 
Publish: June/July 2021 

Submission Guidelines

Submissions should be made through ScholarOne Manuscripts, the online submission and peer review system.

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Benton, C., Mullins, L., Shelley, K., & Dempsey, T. (2013). Makerspaces: Supporting an
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Calabrese Barton, A., & Tan, E. (2018). A longitudinal study of equity-oriented STEM-rich making among youth from historically marginalized communities. American Educational Research Journal, 55(4), 761-800.
Chang, S., Penney, L., Wardrip, P., Anderson, A., Craddock, I., Martin, C.K., Millerjohn, R., & Stone, N. (2019). Opportunities and Vignettes for Library Makerspaces. University of Wisconsin & Maker Ed
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