European Perspectives on Learning Communities and Opportunities in the Maker Movement

European 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: 9781522583073|ISBN10: 1522583076|ISBN13 Softcover: 9781522586470|EISBN13: 9781522583080|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-8307-3


While some manufacturing experts see the maker movement as a step back in education and production, the movement presents a learn-by-doing approach to emerging professionals. Making is a method that takes some resources and modifies these resources in a way that makes the sum more valuable than the parts.

European Perspectives on Learning Communities and Opportunities in the Maker Movement is a collection of innovative research on the methods and applications of value creation and problem solving within European learning communities. While highlighting topics including alternative learning methods, biomimetics, connected learning theory, and gentrification, this book is ideally designed for entrepreneurs, business professionals, manufacturers, carpenters, production experts, educators, academicians, industry professionals, researchers, and students seeking current research on the maker movement with examination through case studies.

Topics Covered

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

  • 3D Printing
  • Alternative Learning
  • Anarcho-Syndicalism
  • Artisanal
  • Biomimetics
  • Cognitive Overload
  • Connected Learning Theory
  • Gentrification
  • Learning Communities
  • Maker Movement
  • 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.