Maija Pienimäki, Marianne Kinnula, Netta Iivari, Finding fun in non-formal technology education, International Journal of Child-Computer Interaction, Volume 29, 2021, 100283, ISSN 2212-8689, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijcci.2021.100283
Finding fun in non-formal technology education
|Author:||Pienimäki, Maija1; Kinnula, Marianne1; Iivari, Netta1|
1INTERACT Research Unit, University of Oulu, Finland
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|Persistent link:|| http://urn.fi/urn:nbn:fi-fe2021050428659
|Publish Date:|| 2021-05-04
In this exploratory study into the world of 8–17-year-old children’s non-formal technology education, two different types of technology education with varying levels of non-formality were investigated to see how participants find fun in these situations as it is apparent that if something is non-mandatory to attend to, there should be some type of enjoyment found in the process. The results of the analysis suggest that there are three main ways children and teenagers have fun in non-formal education: fun from the tasks they are doing, social fun by sharing with other attendants, and pedagogical fun that has been embedded in the learning process. Based on our findings, we offer suggestions for how to add elements of fun in the non-formal technology education, to make it more motivating and enjoyable to the participants.
International journal of child-computer interaction
|Type of Publication:||
A1 Journal article – refereed
|Field of Science:||
113 Computer and information sciences
516 Educational sciences
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) and the University of Oulu. This research was additionally funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme (grant agreement No. 787476, COMnPLAY SCIENCE).
|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
|Academy of Finland Grant Number:||
318930 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
324685 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
© 2021 The Authors. Published by Elsevier B.V. This is an open access article under the CC BY license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).