Asee peer logo

Board # 144 : Toward Understanding the Design Self-Efficacy Impact of Makerspaces and Access Limitations

Download Paper |

Conference

2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Columbus, Ohio

Publication Date

June 24, 2017

Start Date

June 24, 2017

End Date

June 28, 2017

Conference Session

NSF Grantees Poster Session

Tagged Topic

NSF Grantees Poster Session

Page Count

14

Permanent URL

https://peer.asee.org/27761

Download Count

128

Request a correction

Paper Authors

biography

Megan Tomko Georgia Institute of Technology

visit author page

Megan E. Tomko is a Ph.D. graduate student in the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology under the guidance of Dr. Julie Linsey. She completed one semester in her graduate studies at James Madison University with Dr. Robert Nagel as her advisor. Her B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering is from the University of Pittsburgh where she also worked as a Field Telecommunications Intern for three consecutive summers at EQT, a natural gas company headquartered in downtown Pittsburgh, PA. Megan’s research interests correspond to identifying ways to teach students how to become better designers and learners through creative and non-traditional means.

visit author page

biography

Robert L. Nagel James Madison University

visit author page

Dr. Robert Nagel is an Associate Professor in the Department of Engineering at James Madison University. Dr. Nagel joined the James Madison University after completing his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering at Oregon State University. He has a B.S. from Trine University and a M.S. from the Missouri University of Science and Technology, both in mechanical engineering. Since joining James Madison University, Nagel has helped to develop and teach the six course engineering design sequence which represents the spine of the curriculum for the Department of Engineering. The research and teaching interests of Dr. Nagel tend to revolve around engineering design and engineering design education, and in particular, the design conceptualization phase of the design process. He has performed research with the US Army Chemical Corps, General Motors Research and Development Center, and the US Air Force Academy, and he has received grants from the NSF, the EPA, and General Motors Corporation.

visit author page

biography

Melissa Wood Aleman James Madison University

visit author page

Dr. Melissa Aleman (Ph.D. University of Iowa) is Professor of Communication Studies at James Madison University and has published research using qualitative interviewing, ethnographic and rhetorical methods to examine communication in diverse contexts ranging from aging families to university campus cultures. She has advised undergraduate and graduate students in ethnographic and qualitative interview projects on a wide-range of topics, has taught research methods at the introductory, advanced, and graduate levels, and has trained research assistants in diverse forms of data collection and analysis.

visit author page

biography

Wendy C Newstetter Georgia Institute of Technology

visit author page

Dr Wendy C. Newstetter is the Assistant Dean of Educational Research and Innovation in the College of Engineering at Georgia Tech.

visit author page

biography

Julie S Linsey Georgia Institute of Technology

visit author page

Dr. Julie S. Linsey is an Associate Professor in the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technological. Dr. Linsey received her Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at The University of Texas. Her research area is design cognition including systematic methods and tools for innovative design with a particular focus on concept generation and design-by-analogy. Her research seeks to understand designers’ cognitive processes with the goal of creating better tools and approaches to enhance engineering design. She has authored over 100 technical publications including twenty-three journal papers, five book chapters, and she holds two patents.

visit author page

Download Paper |

Abstract

University makerspaces are designed to be open spaces where students can create, design, and build. Yet, we know little about how the culture and design qualities of maker spaces enable or constrain students’ creative processes and experiences. In order to better understand the impact of university maker spaces on the students that use them, our research team is conducting two key studies that will be discussed in this paper. First is a multi-university longitudinal study designed to quantify the impact of maker spaces by looking at different metrics such as GPA, design self-efficacy, retention, and idea generation ability and how these metrics are affected by different levels of involvement in university maker spaces. This longitudinal study is being performed using a non-intrusive survey instrument. Second, ethnographic methods of participant observation and semi-structured interviews are used to examine the culture of maker spaces and the users of makerspaces at a large comprehensive university and a large research doctoral university. From the longitudinal study, we have noted that students have an increase in their design self-efficacy when they use the makerspaces; however, we have realized through the qualitative studies that there are issues of access, which presumably do not allow these gains in design self-efficacy to be realized equally by all students. This paper will present key results from three years of data collection using the survey instruments as well as our findings on what accessibility means for these spaces on campus, what access looks and feels like, and what are the different types of access that lend themselves to a student entering into and being a part of a space and culture.

Tomko, M., & Nagel, R. L., & Aleman, M. W., & Newstetter, W. C., & Linsey, J. S. (2017, June), Board # 144 : Toward Understanding the Design Self-Efficacy Impact of Makerspaces and Access Limitations Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. https://peer.asee.org/27761

ASEE holds the copyright on this document. It may be read by the public free of charge. Authors may archive their work on personal websites or in institutional repositories with the following citation: © 2017 American Society for Engineering Education. Other scholars may excerpt or quote from these materials with the same citation. When excerpting or quoting from Conference Proceedings, authors should, in addition to noting the ASEE copyright, list all the original authors and their institutions and name the host city of the conference. - Last updated April 1, 2015