American Perspectives on Learning Communities and Opportunities in the Maker Movement

American Perspectives on Learning Communities and Opportunities in the Maker Movement

Bradley S. Barker (University of Nebraska – Lincoln, USA)
Projected Release Date: January, 2019|Copyright: © 2019 |Pages: 330
ISBN13: 9781522583103|ISBN10: 1522583106|ISBN13 Softcover: 9781522586487|EISBN13: 9781522583110|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-8310-3


The maker movement culture emphasizes informal, peer-led, and shared learning, while driving innovation. Even though some experts view the maker movement as a move backward to pre-industrial revolution manufacturing, the purpose of making is not to have an abundance of tools in one space; rather, it is about helping participants create personally meaningful projects with the help of mentors, experts, and peers in ad-hoc learning communities.

American Perspectives on Learning Communities and Opportunities in the Maker Movement is an essential reference source that discusses the maker movement in the United States, artisanal perspectives, and the learning-through-doing perspective. Featuring research on topics such as educational spaces, management, creativity labs, makerspaces, and operating procedures, this book is ideally designed for entrepreneurs, artisans, academicians, researchers, manufacturing professionals, and students.

Topics Covered

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Artisan
  • Barter System
  • Community Spaces
  • Creativity Labs
  • Deep Green Machines
  • Direct Instruction
  • Educational Spaces
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Healthcare
  • Management
  • Operating Procedures
  • Public Schools
  • Small Business
  • STEM

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Bradley Barker, Associate Professor and Youth Development Specialist with Nebraska 4-H received his Ph.D. in Administration, Curriculum, and Instruction in the area of Instructional Technology in 2002. Dr. Barker spent eight years with Nebraska Educational Telecommunications where he was an Interactive Media Producer. Dr. Barker has directed media productions for the CLASS project, the Nebraska Law Enforcement Training Center, and the Nebraska National Guard. Dr. Barker has been the Principal Investigator on two National Science Foundation Grants to develop the Nebraska 4-H Robotics and GPS/GIS program and to scale-up the program to a national audience. Dr. Barker was also the PI on the National 4-H Robotics: Engineering for Today and Tomorrow curriculum development grant for National 4-H Council and CSREES. Dr. Barker’s research interests include the development and evaluation of educational technology systems for STEM education in non-formal learning environments.