Makerspaces in the High School Setting

The Student Perspective

  • Heather Moorefield-Lang School of Library and Information Science University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC
  • Megan Coker School of Library and Information Science University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC

Abstract

Makerspaces, also sometimes known as fab labs or hackerspaces, are locations where students and patrons can produce, craft, solve problems, collaborate, and develop new skills (Preddy, 2013). The purpose of this study is to provide a look into the perceptions, both through text and image, of public high school students who have a maker learning space in their high school library at Monticello High School in Charlottesville, Virginia. The rationale for this research was that, by obtaining a better understanding of student perceptions and perspectives, librarians and peer researchers in the field would gain a better comprehension in how students view their makerspace. Individual one-on-one interviews with student participants were used to move toward a thematic analysis of perspectives of makerspaces in a high school library setting.

Published
2019-02-14
How to Cite
MOOREFIELD-LANG, Heather; COKER, Megan. Makerspaces in the High School Setting. Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries, [S.l.], p. 47-59, feb. 2019. ISSN 2241-1925. Available at: <http://qqml-journal.net/index.php/qqml/article/view/430>. Date accessed: 14 aug. 2020.