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Marianne Kinnula, Eva Durall, and Lotta Haukipuro. 2022. Imagining Better Futures for Everybody – Sustainable Entrepreneurship Education for Future Design Protagonists. In 6th FabLearn Europe / MakeEd Conference 2022 (FabLearn Europe / MakeEd 2022), May 30–31, 2022, Copenhagen, Denmark. ACM, New York, NY, USA, 8 pages.

Imagining better futures for everybody : sustainable entrepreneurship education for future design protagonists

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Author: Kinnula, Marianne1; Durall, Eva1; Haukipuro, Lotta2
Organizations: 1INTERACT Research Unit, University of Oulu Oulu, Finland
2GenZ Project, University of Oulu Oulu, Finland
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Version: published version
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Language: English
Published: Association for Computing Machinery, 2022
Publish Date: 2023-01-05


Previous research has shown the need for children to grow to ‘design protagonists’, developing skills and competences in technology design and being able to reflect on the role of technology in their own lives as well as in the society. Entrepreneurship understanding has been linked as one important competence for design protagonists, for having skills to plan for and reflect on a better future for all of us. To advance understanding on how to support children to grow to design protagonists in areas connected to technology, business, and sustainability, we conducted a study with 14‐15‐year-olds, educating them first about artificial intelligence (AI) and sustainable business thinking, and asking them then to create and present business ideas for sustainable innovations that use AI. Based on the findings, we indicate the need to link systems thinking approaches with this type of education and we provide some recommendations for practice.

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ISBN Print: 978-1-4503-9633-2
Pages: 1 - 8
DOI: 10.1145/3535227.3535229
Host publication: Proceedings of 6th FabLearn Europe / MakeEd conference 2022, May 30-31 2022, Copenhagen, Denmark
Conference: International Conference on Computing, Design and Making in Education, FabLearn Europe / MakeEd
Type of Publication: A4 Article in conference proceedings
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, supported by the Academy of Finland (Grant No. 318930) and the University of Oulu.
Copyright information: © 2022 Copyright held by the owner/author(s). This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution International 4.0 License.