I am pleased to introduce a new online presence for my SSHRC-funded research program: Developing a Maker Pedagogy.

What do I mean by maker pedagogy? My working definition, which I developed in January 2014 as a part of the winning grant proposal, was:

Maker Pedagogy is an approach that utilizes the principles of ethical hacking (i.e., deconstructing existing technology for the purpose of creating knowledge), adapting (i.e., the freedom to use a technology for new purposes), designing (i.e., selecting components and ideas to solve problems), and creating (i.e., archiving contextual knowledge obtained through engaging in the process of making, as well as the actual tangible products) as part of an overall way of working with those interesting in learning about science and technology. (Bullock, 2014)

You can check out a longer blog post about the topic on the new site.

Be sure to check often, as my research team and I will be sharing information about our research as it progresses as well as blogging about our developing understanding of maker pedagogy.

My thanks to: the participants who are joining us in Phase I of the research, Andrea Sator (research assistant for the project and PhD student in ETLD at SFU), and to SSHRC for providing the funding.