Harvard Study: How Does Making Shape Kids’ Brains?

Source: KQED Mindshift, Nov 2012

A group of Harvard researchers is teaming up with schools in Oakland, Calif. to explore how kids learn through making. Through an initiative called Project Zero, they’re investigating the theory that kids learn best when they’re actively engaged in designing and creating projects to explore concepts. It’s closely aligned with the idea of design thinking and the Maker Movement that’s quickly taking shape in progressive education circles.

 

Project Zero is also asking teachers to look at student work differently. Rather than judging it based on the criteria they have in mind at the outset of the lesson, teachers are encouraged to take more time examining the work and the mind that created it before coming to a judgment. Project Zero has given teachers thinking routines to go through in order to practice a different way of seeing student work.

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