What is it about?

Maker education is a transformational approach that offers to teaching and learning which attends to the real and relevant needs of learners and humans. This paper discusses the theoretical roots of maker education, collates its beliefs about the whole, and probes the correlation between social design and maker education. We studied how the experimental pedagogy of social-design-based making based on the text of “The Old Man and The Sea” was used at the 2017 New Taipei City Maker Workshop in Taiwan.

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Why is it important?

Maker education is fundamentally about approaches, mindsets, and community, therefore, Maker Education focus on educators and the institutions they work in emerges from our core belief that maker education is about people. Hence, we know that learning is contextual and social, and that for students to get what they need, educators must have what they need.


The study revealed that the teaching model of social-design-based maker education would be the sequence as topic choosing, problem defining, sympathy triggering, conception outputting, prototype making, integrating and sharing. The proportion of teachers’/students’ roles in maker courses should be in half of the overall lessons, and teachers’ instructions should be concentrated on offering key questions and assisting on integrating learning points mainly.

Prof. Rungtai Lin

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This page is a summary of: The research of social-design-based maker education: based upon “The old man and the sea” text, Asia Pacific Journal of Education, January 2019, Taylor & Francis,
DOI: 10.1080/02188791.2019.1572593.
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