Readings

WEEK #TOPICSReadings
1Introduction and Overview 
2Learning Through Making"The PIE Network: Promoting Science Inquiry and Engineering through Playful Invention and Exploration with New Digital Technologies." Proposal to the National Science Foundation, 2000.

Resnick, M., R. Berg, and M. Eisenberg. "Beyond Black Boxes: Bringing Transparency and Aesthetics Back to Scientific Investigation." Journal of the Learning Sciences 9, no. 1 (2000): 7-30.
3Learning from One AnotherGardner, H. The Unschooled Mind: How Children Think and How Schools Should Teach. Basic Books, 1989. Chapters 6, 10, 11, pp. 200-210.
4Apprenticeship LearningBrown, J. S., A. Collins, and P. Duguid. "Situated Cognition and the Culture of Learning." Educational Researcher 18, no. 1 (1989): 32-42.
5Powerful Ideas and FluencyPapert, S. "What's the Big Idea: Towards a Pedagogy of Idea Power." IBM Systems Journal 39, no. 3-4 (1991).
6Learning "On Your Own"Selected readings from the Growing Without Schooling newsletter.

Buy at Amazon Holt, John. Learning All the Time. Addison Wesley Publishing Company, August 1, 1990. ISBN: 9780201550917.
7Choosing Your Tools (and Fluency with Tools)Martin, F. "The Art of LEGO Design." The Robotics Practitioner: The Journal for Robot Builders 1, no. 2 (1995).

Resnick, M., A. Bruckman, and F. Martin. "Pianos Not Stereos: Creating Computational Construction Kits." Interactions 3, no. 6 (1996): 64-71.

Martin, F., B. Mikhak, and B. Silverman. "MetaCricket: A Designer's Kit for Making Computational Devices." IBM Systems Journal 39, no. 3-4 (2001).
8Documenting and Evaluating ActivitiesDuckworth, E. "The Having of Wonderful Ideas." Harvard Educational Review 42, no. 2 (1972): 217-231.

Selected readings from a collection of books on the Reggio Emilia Approach:

Buy at Amazon Katz, L. G., and B. Cesarone, eds. Reflections on the Reggio Emilia Approach. St. Paul, U.S.: Redleaf Press, 1994. ISBN: 9788886277686.

Ceppi, G., and M. Zini, eds. Children, Spaces, Relations: Metaproject for an Environment for Young Children. Reggio: Reggio S.R.L., 1998.

The Fountains: The Unheard Voice of Children. Reggio: Reggio S.R.L., 1995.

Buy at Amazon Edwards, Carolyn, George Forman, and Lella Gandini, eds. The Hundred Languages of Children. Stanford, CT: Ablex Publishing, 1998. ISBN: 9781567503111.
9Diane Willow: Learning as Space, Place and EnvironmentBuy at Amazon Tuan, Yi-Fu. Chapter 9 in Topophilia; A Study of Environmental Perception, Attitudes, and Values. New York, NY: Columbia University Press, November 1, 1990. ISBN: 9780231073950.

Buy at Amazon Orr, David W. Chapter 8 in Ecological Literacy: Education and the Transition to a Postmodern World. New York: SUNY Press, January 1, 1992. ISBN: 9780791408742.

Buy at Amazon Hiss, Tony. Chapter 2 in The Experience of Place: A New Way of Looking at and Dealing With our Radically Changing Cities and Countryside. New York, NY: Vintage Press, October 1, 1991. ISBN: 9780679735946.

Readings Online:

Chawla, Louise. "Ecstatic Places." Children's Environments Quarterly, 1990, 7 (4): 18-23.

Vecchi, Vea. "What kind of space for living well in school?" in Ceppi, G., and M. Zini, eds. Children, Spaces, Relations: Metaproject for an Environment for Young Children. Reggio: Reggio S.R.L., 1998.
10Design vs. Craft 
11Discussion of Plans for First-round Workshops 
12Reports on First and Second Round Workshops 
13Workshops for One Another 
14Final Project Reports Due, and Workshops for the Media Lab