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AskPang has an thoughtful reflection on Tinkering as a Mode of Knowledge: Production in the Digital Age, a conference presented by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Tinkering isn’t so much a specific set of technical skills: there tends to be a pretty instrumental view of knowledge. You pick up just enough knowledge about electronics, textiles, metals, programming, or paper-folding to figure out how to do what you want. It certainly respects skill, but skills are a means, not an end: mastery isn’t the point, as it is for professionals. Competence and completion are.

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How does Tinkering help us learn? How do our schools encourage Tinkering as a technique for exploring the world around us or our students? Add comments to tell us what you think about Tinkering as a technique for teaching and learning.

Chris Connors

Making things is the best way to learn about our world.


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