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Netta Iivari, Marianne Kinnula, and Tonja Molin-Juustila. 2018. You have to start somewhere: initial meanings making in a design and making project. In Proceedings of the 17th ACM Conference on Interaction Design and Children (IDC '18). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 80-92. DOI:

You have to start somewhere : initial meanings making in a design and making project

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Author: Iivari, Netta1; Kinnula, Marianne1; Molin-Juustila, Tonja1
Organizations: 1INTERACT Research Unit, University of Oulu P.O. BOX 3000, 90014 Oulu, Finland
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Association for Computing Machinery, 2018
Publish Date: 2018-12-11


Maker movement has recently gained worldwide recognition. Educating children in making activities has also become advocated. Studies have reported experiences on engaging children in making activities and the importance of nurturing a maker identity in children has been advocated. This study reveals findings from a case where, in the spirit of genuine participation of children, 10--12-year-old children gained initial experiences in design and making activities within an elective mathematics class as part of their primary school education. The study shows that children adopted multiple subject positions and relied on various discourses when describing their experiences. We argue that none of them developed a designer or a maker identity as such during the project, whereas many of the children reported of having developed some sort of meaningful relationship to design and making. We argue that this is a valuable outcome per se. Implications for HCI research and design are discussed.

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ISBN: 978-1-4503-5152-2
Pages: 80 - 92
DOI: 10.1145/3202185.3202742
Host publication: Proceedings of the 17th ACM Conference on Interaction Design and Children, IDC 2018, Trondheim, Norway, 19-22 June 2018
Conference: Conference on Interaction Design and Children
Type of Publication: A4 Article in conference proceedings
Field of Science: 113 Computer and information sciences
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