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Keywords

makerspaces, LLC makerspace, Elementary Education, Teacher Preparation Programs, Living Learning Communities, 21st Century Classrooms, First-Year Students, Pre-Service Teachers

Abstract

This article features the creation of a makerspace in the elementary education (ELED) living and learning community (LLC) residence hall. This space was created based on the growing body of literature demonstrating the rise of makerspaces across learning environments as well as the need to expose pre-service teachers (PSTs) to early field experiences that integrate digital technologies and new media across the elementary curriculum. We provide a roadmap for others who aim to create makerspaces in conjunction with teacher preparation programs and living learning communities. We also reflect on ways to improve our process, recommending further research into the effectiveness of makerspaces as field experiences for students preparing for 21st century careers.

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