1. Kyungwon Koh
  2. http://kyungwonkoh.com
  3. Assistant Professor
  5. University of Oklahoma
  1. Traci Young
  2. Graduate Research Assistant
  4. University of Oklahoma

Youth STEAM Learning by Making in Libraries and Museums

2017 (see original presentation & discussion)

Grades K-6, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12

Youth STEAM Learning by Making in Libraries and Museums is an ongoing research project funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services in 2014 and will be concluding in May 2018. The goal of this research is to investigate the processes of learning by making—learning as a process, creating artifacts that are personally meaningful and contribute to a community. The study also explores the ways professionals facilitate youth to become successful makers.

Using multiple data collection methods, the current findings include the development of a process map of learning by making, which reveals making actions, emotions, ups and downs, and facilitators and challenges that youth experience over the course of making. The research has design characteristics such as partnerships with stakeholders, youth and community involvement, and multiple contextual and longitudinal investigation of young makers. The research has been conducted at multiple sites to compare similarities and differences of the making processes, including a public library in Colorado, a middle school library and a high school class in Oklahoma, and a museum in Texas.

The impacts of the project include theoretical and practical contributions to the STEAM learning field. Conceptually, the process map informs the design of effective STEAM learning environments based on the understanding of how youth actually learn and make. The participatory design that involves multiple stakeholders sparked interests in making in the community and enabled strong sustainability efforts for supporting youth STEAM learning by making. For more information, please visit our website at http://infocreation.kyungwonkoh.com. 

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