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The Future of the Maker Movement – Special issue of Sustainability. Deadline: 1 July 2021

This special issue of Sustainability belongs to the section « Sustainable Education and Approaches« .

« It has been over 15 years since the initial launch of the modern-day maker movement, and much has happened! We have seen a rise of interest in DIY culture, new commercial markets have opened, new makerspaces have launched nationally and internationally in schools, libraries, museums, homes and community centers, and a large number of scholarly publications have investigated these new learning contexts. Much of the success of the maker movement came from the incorporation of dazzling new tools and technologies alongside low-tech tools and forms of making, which has invited broader participation and forged strong ties to the arts and crafts movement. Alongside the rise of the maker movement, we have also seen a revival of the CS4All movement as well as a broader push for the inclusion of STEM in the curriculum, which has quickly been taken up within the movement.

On the 15th anniversary of the maker movement, this Special Issue aims to cover all aspects of the future of the maker movement, such as the future of makerspaces, engineering education, arts education, design thinking, environmental education, activism, computer science education, scalability and sustainability in education, among others. Our main goal is to bring ideas about the challenges and begin to illuminate provocative directions for the future of this powerful movement. Particularly, as the commercial aspects of the maker movement fade, how does the field of making and learning expand, rather than contract? Further, how do we reclaim making as a culturally, socially, and historically inscribed mode of participatory learning? »

Prof. Kylie Peppler

Guest Editor

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

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  • Keywords
  • Assessment
  • Out-of-school learning
  • Scalability and sustainability in education
  • Learning sciences
  • Learning analytics
  • Constructionism
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Economic development
  • Equity
  • Gender
  • Globalization
  • Makerspaces
  • Maker culture
  • Engineering education
  • Artseducation
  • STEM and STEAM
  • Computer science education
  • Human-centered design
  • Schools
  • Design thinking
  • Environmental education
  • Activism and education
  • Higher education