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2.1 : Introduction

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Unit Two is focused on the Research and Background of materials and prompts.

Using open-ended materials and prompts in the classroom is far from a new idea.  In this unit, you'll gain a deeper understanding of the WHY of materials thinking by looking at big ideas in the history of education and design.

You'll start (or continue) your journey of gathering interesting materials with some tips on sourcing materials.

You will do some writing - either here in the workshop or in your own personal reflective writing space - to try and get to the heart of your beliefs and values about the role that materials can play in childhood learning.

Finally, some additional resources help you expand your thinking on the research and background of open-ended materials.

Start with the unit audio introduction below.