University of Oulu

Sumita Sharma, Leena Ventä-Olkkonen, Netta Iivari, Tonja Molin-Juustila, Heidi Hartikainen, Jenni Holappa, and Essi Kinnunen. 2022. Madness to the methods: Speculating approaches to study and nurture children’s designer and Maker identities. In 6th FabLearn Europe / MakeEd Conference 2022 (FabLearn Europe / MakeEd 2022), May 30, 31, 2022, Copenhagen, Denmark. ACM, New York, NY, USA, 9 pages.

Madness to the methods : speculating approaches to study and nurture children’s designer and Maker identities

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Author: Sharma, Sumita1; Ventä-Olkkonen, Leena1; Iivari, Netta1;
Organizations: 1INTERACT Research Unit, University of Oulu, Finland
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Association for Computing Machinery, 2022
Publish Date: 2023-01-20


As our relationship with digital technology radically changes during this pandemic, it becomes imperative to reimagine new ways of interactions and collaborations. It is also important for children grow from passive consumers of digital technology to active designers and Makers. Typical research approaches for inquiring or probing children’s digital technology identities include interview-, reflection-, and hands-on creative-types of methods. But how will these methods fare in a future that is online or hybrid? In this paper, we present the outcomes of a workshop that employed critical design fiction with Child-Computer Interaction experts to speculate on how such methods can be applied in the future, in online or limited access scenarios, to study children’s designer and Maker identities. We focused on approaches that are empowering, albeit provocative. We call for researchers working with children to reconsider and expand their methods repertoire to keep in tune with the changing times.

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ISBN Print: 978-1-4503-9633-2
Pages: 1 - 9
DOI: 10.1145/3535227.3535233
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 work is funded by the Academy of Finland Make-a-Difference project (Grant #324685).
Academy of Finland Grant Number: 324685
Detailed Information: 324685 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
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