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Marianne Kinnula and Netta Iivari. 2019. Empowered to Make a Change – Guidelines for Empowering the Young Generation in and through Digital Technology Design. In Proceedings of FabLearn Europe Conference (FABLEARN EUROPE’19). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 9 pages.

Empowered to make a change : guidelines for empowering the young generation in and through digital technology design

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Author: Kinnula, Marianne1; Iivari, Netta1
Organizations: 1INTERACT Research Unit, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Association for Computing Machinery, 2019
Publish Date: 2019-08-28


This paper scrutinizes how children can be empowered to make a change through acquiring skills in digital technology design. We propose a framework that integrates theoretical understanding from literature on nexus analysis, values, and value as well as empowerment and genuine participation of children, and a related tool for educators and researchers advocating empowerment and inclusion. They should benefit from this tool when planning, analyzing, and evaluating their projects. We argue that the tool is useful beyond studies with children and can be used as a practical tool when planning and implementing digital technology design projects with any group of people and as a theoretical tool when studying such endeavors, especially when working with vulnerable or underserved participants.

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Series: ACM international conference proceeding series
ISBN Print: 978-1-4503-6266-5
Article number: 16
DOI: 10.1145/3335055.3335071
Host publication: Proceedings of the FabLearn Europe 2019 Conference
Conference: FabLearn Europe 2019 Conference
Type of Publication: A4 Article in conference proceedings
Field of Science: 113 Computer and information sciences
Funding: This research has been funded by The Finnish Cultural Foundation’s North Ostrobothnia Regional Fund (DeMaKids project) as well as by European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme under grant agreement No 787476 (COMnPLAY SCIENCE project).
EU Grant Number: (787476) CoM_n_Play-Science - Learning science the fun and creative way: coding, making, and play as vehicles for informal science learning in the 21st century
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