This 2018 report, undertaken in collaboration with the University of Manchester, explores the ways primary (5-11) teachers can develop teaching approaches that lead to better and more engaging learning opportunities for ‘would-be’ engineers.

The study builds on an earlier pilot as part of the Learning to be an Engineer research, to introduce tinkering, or purposeful play, as a pedagogic approach in primary schools.

Through the four approaches that are tested in the study, seven principles of primary education have been created. These are:

  1. Pupils are engaged in purposeful practical problem-solving
  2. Pupils take ownership of the design and make process
  3. Pupils embrace and learn from failure
  4. Pupils’ curiosity and creativity is responded to
  5. Pupils demonstrate master from other curriculum areas
  6. Pupils draw on a range of thinking skills and personal capabilities
  7. Pupils’ learning experiences are guided by a whole-school approach

The report can be read through the link below:

Report: Tinkering for learning (6.58 MB)

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