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Behnaz Norouzi, Marianne Kinnula, Netta Iivari, Digital fabrication and Making with children:: Scrutinizing adult actors’ strategies and challenges in mediating young people’s activities, International Journal of Child-Computer Interaction, Volume 28, 2021, 100267, ISSN 2212-8689,

Digital fabrication and Making with children : scrutinizing adult actors’ strategies and challenges in mediating young people’s activities

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Author: Norouzi, Behnaz1; Kinnula, Marianne1; Iivari, Netta1
Organizations: 1University of Oulu, Interact Research Unit, 90100 Oulu, Finland
Format: article
Version: published version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Elsevier, 2021
Publish Date: 2021-04-27


Cultivating children’s Maker mindset by facilitating their involvement in Makerspaces is recognized by researchers around the world as a topic worth investigating. Previous studies have revealed several different roles for the adults involved; however, there is little elaboration on the characteristics and strategies associated with these roles. This study focuses on digital fabrication and Making activities with children aged 7–17 (K12). It presents the results of interview data collected from nine adult actors analysed using nexus analytic concepts of interaction order and historical body as sensitizing devices. The results reveal the diverse strategies the adult actors employed as the mediators of children’s learning, independent of their formal roles, when engaged with children. The study identifies numerous challenges the adult actors faced. Overall, it shows significant variety in the mediation of children’s digital fabrication and Making activities, shaped by adult actors with different histories and backgrounds and within different contexts. The study includes the implications for the research and practice of digital fabrication and Making with children.

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Series: International journal of child-computer interaction
ISSN: 2212-8689
ISSN-E: 2212-8697
ISSN-L: 2212-8689
Volume: 28
Article number: 100267
DOI: 10.1016/j.ijcci.2021.100267
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 113 Computer and information sciences
Funding: This research is connected to the GenZ project, a strategic profiling project in human sciences at the University of Oulu. The project is supported by the Academy of Finland (grant agreements No. 318930 and No. 324685, Make-A-Difference). This research was additionally funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme (grant agreement No. 787476, COMnPLAY SCIENCE).
Academy of Finland Grant Number: 318930
Detailed Information: 318930 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
324685 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
Copyright information: © 2021 The Authors. Published by Elsevier B.V. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license ( nd/4.0/).