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Drawing on research from Project Zero’s Agency by Design project, this course offers classroom teachers, maker educators, administrators, and parents an opportunity to explore firsthand maker-centered learning practices and the opportunities they afford.

Course Designers & Instructors

Edward Clapp
Edward P. Clapp, Ed. D. is a project director at Project Zero where he is a member of the core research team working on the Agency by Design (AbD) initiative—an investigation of the promises, practices, and pedagogies of maker-centered learning—and the Creating Communities of Innovation initiative—an action research study geared towards developing educational innovations amongst a network of schools in the United Arab Emirates. Edward’s current research interests include creativity and innovation, maker-centered learning, design thinking, and contemporary approaches to arts teaching and learning. In addition to his work as an educational researcher, Edward is also a Lecturer on Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Edward’s forthcoming book Participatory Creativity: Introducing Access and Equity to the Creative Classroom (Routledge) will be published later this summer, as will the book Maker-Centered Learning: Empowering Young People to Shape their Worlds (Jossey-Bass), co-authored by Edward and the Agency by Design research team.

Jennifer Ryan
Jennifer Oxman Ryan is a project manager and researcher at Project Zero, working on the Pedagogy of Play project, which seeks to understand the relationship between play and playful learning and investigate what it means to have play be central to schooling. Jennifer has been with Project Zero since 2006, having worked previously on Agency by Design; the Good Play and Trust and Trustworthiness projects; and Qualities of Quality: Excellence in Arts Education and How to Achieve I. Her current research interests include arts and maker-centered education, school/community partnerships, professional learning communities, and play. She is former project manager of the Agency by Design (AbD) project, exploring the promises, practices, and pedagogies of maker-centered learning. With her colleagues on AbD, Jennifer co-authored the book Maker-Centered Learning: Empowering Young People to Shape their Worlds (Jossey-Bass), due to be published in the summer of 2016.