Call for Contributions
The key activities and topics of CONSTRUIT 2017 will be those associated with learning through making things-to-think-with. We welcome contributions related to any learning activity of this nature, of which Seymour Papert’s constructionism is one instance, and making construals is another.
Major topics of interest include:
Principles and practices for making things-to-think-withExample questions of interest include:
- To what extent does 'computational thinking' account for learning through making digital things-to-think-with?
- What are the most appropriate ways to think about the semantics of things-to-think-with?
- What pedagogical qualities are characteristic of learning through making things-to-think-with and to what extent are these independent of the techniques deployed in making?
- What environments are well suited to developing digital things-to-think-with?
- To what extent is it necessary -- and feasible -- for learners to be expert makers in order to benefit from interacting with things-to-think-with ?
- What is the scope for learning through making 'things-to-think-with-together' even when learners lack the expertise of makers?
Open educational resources (OERs) based on things-to-think-withMaking things-to-think-with is a means to develop OERs that have distinctive qualities, but also presents technical challenges. Relevant considerations include:
- promoting blended learning and transfer of learning from concrete to abstract domains
- enabling collaboration and establishing intersubjectivity
- supporting interdisciplinary applications for computer-based modelling (e.g. in mathematics, the humanities and social sciences)
- developing educational resources by way of questions and puzzles for school student competitions
- appreciating the value of studying specialist 'information and communications technology' applications (for instance for CAD, music composition, graphic arts etc)
- monitoring and evaluating the process of construction
- enhancing the prospects for reuse and customisation combatting the problems of technological obsolescence.
Learning through making in the broader educational contextLearning through making things-to-think-with is an activity that can be hard to accommodate within traditional educational frameworks. Relevant questions include:
- How does learning through making relate to:
- pedagogical theories such as experiential and inquiry-based learning?
- more traditional learning applications, such as intelligent tutoring systems and reusable learning objects?
- What special challenges does applying learning through making in the classroom present?
- What implications does it have for assessment?
- To what extent can it be integrated into established curricula and classroom practices?
- How can it be best exploited in modelling and project-based learning in the schools curriculum?
- What is the significance of the informal things-to-think-with that students can create in relation to the highly sophisticated things-to-think-with that are represented by contemporary commercial products?
- What can be learnt from studying digital things-to-think-with in relation to their analogue counterparts (cf. the digital reconstruction of historically significant artefacts and the application of 'computing unplugged' approaches)?
- How might things-to-think-with be best exploited in learning associated with the use of social media, with mobile and online learning?
- What are the principal challenges and obstacles that confront such exploitation?
We invite contributions from anyone interested in the potential of computer technology to support making things-to-think-with and learning through making. We believe educational technology has barely begun to realise this potential. We think CONSTRUIT! is bringing a new vision, and a new technology, to this enterprise but we need help from the community to understand better the position and value of our contribution. This is one of the aims of CONSTRUIT 2017. In the first instance we are calling only for short abstracts. This might consist of a few sentences, or paragraphs, describing a potential presentation or paper. See the Dates & Submission page. Your contribution will reflect your own interests, and perhaps work you have done, on the theme of making, thinking and learning and in addition, if possible, make connections with the work of the CONSTRUIT! Project. With this in mind we have made available a range of recent CONSTRUIT! papers and modelling artefacts linked from the Online Resources . We also invite you to join the CONSTRUIT 2017 Interest Group to share your feedback and participate in further development.