Leonardo da Vinci’s Apprentices or Tinkering Belles and Boys at Ludic Play?

Myers, Debbie (2022) Leonardo da Vinci’s Apprentices or Tinkering Belles and Boys at Ludic Play? In: Children's Creative Inquiry in STEM. Sociocultural Explorations of Science Education, 25 . Springer, Cham, Switzerland, pp. 245-260. ISBN 9783030947231

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Children are naturally curious and inquisitive about their worlds (Spektor-Levy et al., 2013) but to stimulate their curiosity and motivation to learn educators must provide potentiating environments in which they can work creatively to apply their knowledge and skills (Claxton & Carr, 2004). In this chapter the researcher outlines a teaching initiative ‘da Vinci’s Apprentices’, in which an educator guided apprentices through an iterative engineering design process. This initiative was developed to situate the practices of doing science and engineering across subject boundaries (Papert & Harel, 1991; Kangas, 2010). The design of da Vinci’s Apprentices was informed by Hutt’s (1981) taxonomy of play, Craft’s (2002) conceptualisation of creativity as possibility-thinking, imagination and combinatorial play and, Heathcote and Bolton's (1995) pedagogy of dramatic inquiry. An example of a dramatic inquiry focusing on a bridge commission is presented in this chapter, to show how creative thinking was integral to children’s initial ideation and in their development of engineering solutions to resolve problems.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Leonardo da Vinci, Dramatic inquiry, Engineering Design Process
Subjects: X900 Others in Education
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing
Depositing User: John Coen
Date Deposited: 09 Feb 2022 12:58
Last Modified: 06 Apr 2023 08:00
URI: https://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/48420

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