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Ventä-Olkkonen L., Hartikainen H., Norouzi B., Iivari N., Kinnula M. (2019) A Literature Review of the Practice of Educating Children About Technology Making. In: Lamas D., Loizides F., Nacke L., Petrie H., Winckler M., Zaphiris P. (eds) Human-Computer Interaction – INTERACT 2019. INTERACT 2019. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 11746. Springer, Cham

A literature review of the practice of educating children about technology making

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Author: Ventä-Olkkonen, Leena1; Hartikainen, Heidi1; Norouzi, Behnaz1;
Organizations: 1University of Oulu, INTERACT Research Unit, Pentti Kaiteran katu 1, 90014 Oulu, FINLAND
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Springer Nature, 2019
Publish Date: 2020-08-23


Inspired by the Maker Movement and attempts of integrating Making into formal education of children, we have examined how practice-oriented the research on Making and education is in Child-Computer Interaction field. Our results show that despite the growing interest practice-orientation is still weak. Making efforts rarely aim for longitudinal durable patterns and practices even though practice-driven research has started to gain prominence in the whole Human-Computer Interaction field. General ideas of what Making integrated with education can be and should be seem to be well shared among practitioners, however. We demonstrate what aspects should be considered when doing practice-oriented Making research and point out gaps in our current understanding of the practice. We also provide guidelines for how to study Making in order to develop sustainable practices.

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Series: Lecture notes in computer science
ISSN: 0302-9743
ISSN-E: 1611-3349
ISSN-L: 0302-9743
ISBN Print: 978-3-030-29380-2
Pages: 418 - 441
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-29381-9_27
Host publication: Human-Computer Interaction – INTERACT 2019 17th IFIP TC 13 International Conference, Paphos, Cyprus, September 2–6, 2019
Host publication editor: Lamas, D.
Loizides, F.
Nacke, L.
Petrie, H.
Winckler, M.
Zaphiris, P.
Conference: IFIP International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction
Type of Publication: A4 Article in conference proceedings
Field of Science: 113 Computer and information sciences
Copyright information: © IFIP International Federation for Information Processing 2019. This is a post-peer-review, pre-copyedit version of an article published in Human-Computer Interaction – INTERACT 2019 17th IFIP TC 13 International Conference, Paphos, Cyprus, September 2–6, 2019. The final authenticated version is available online at: