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Back to school as an academic next term.

In what ways can Maker Education impact on child’s emotional well-being?

This will be my focus as I join the Doctorate in Education (EdD) programme at Leeds University and combine research with our digital making programmes at The Foundation for Digital Creativity.

I’ve accepted my offer and opted for the part-time route to link both roles and build on research in relation to a sociology of ‘making’ in education, and the connections between culture, technology and local networks in formal school settings.

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MakerEd project example

Arts-based programmes for adults have long been evident within the context of mental health and there is increasing recognition that creative activities have an important role to play in improving the health and well‐being of individuals. However, research based on such programmes engaging young people in education is more limited.

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MakerEd project example

I’ll share more in time about research themes and the proposal as I join the School of Education in October. In the meantime, we’ll continue to explore pedagogical approaches applied to maker education and thread those into new programmes with The Internet of Curious Things.

Exciting maker times ahead 🤩

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