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Norouzi, B.; Kinnula, M.; Iivari, N. Interaction Order and Historical Body Shaping Children’s Making Projects—A Literature Review. Multimodal Technologies Interact. 2019, 3, 71.

Interaction order and historical body shaping children’s making projects : a literature review

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Author: Norouzi, Behnaz1; Kinnula, Marianne1; Iivari, Netta1
Organizations: 1INTERACT Research Unit, University of Oulu, 90014 Oulu, Finland
Format: article
Version: published version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute, 2019
Publish Date: 2019-12-16


The importance of familiarizing children with the Maker Movement, Makerspaces and Maker mindset has been acknowledged. In this literature review, we examine the complex social action of children, aged from 7 to 17 (K-12), engaging in technology Making activities as it is seen in the extant literature. The included papers contain empirical data from actual digital Making workshops and diverse research projects with children, conducted in both formal and non-formal/informal settings, such as schools or museums, libraries, Fab Labs and other makerspaces. We utilized the theoretical lens of nexus analysis and its concepts of interaction order and historical body, and as a result of our analysis, we report best practices and helping and hindering factors. Two gaps in the current knowledge were identified: (1) the current research focuses on success stories instead of challenges in the working, and, (2) histories of the participants and interaction between them are very rarely in the focus of the existing studies or reported in detail, even though they significantly affect what happens and what is possible to happen in Making sessions.

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Series: Multimodal technologies and interaction
ISSN: 2414-4088
ISSN-E: 2414-4088
ISSN-L: 2414-4088
Volume: 3
Issue: 4
Article number: 71
DOI: 10.3390/mti3040071
Type of Publication: A2 Review article in a scientific journal
Field of Science: 113 Computer and information sciences
Funding: This research has been funded 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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