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Interaction Order and Historical Body Shaping Children’s Making Projects—A Literature Review

INTERACT Research Unit, University of Oulu, 90014 Oulu, Finland
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Multimodal Technologies Interact. 2019, 3(4), 71; https://doi.org/10.3390/mti3040071
Received: 30 June 2019 / Revised: 16 October 2019 / Accepted: 24 October 2019 / Published: 28 October 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Multimodal Interaction in the Cyberspace)
The importance of familiarizing children with the Maker Movement, Makerspaces and Maker mindset has been acknowledged. In this literature review, we examine the complex social action of children, aged from 7 to 17 (K-12), engaging in technology Making activities as it is seen in the extant literature. The included papers contain empirical data from actual digital Making workshops and diverse research projects with children, conducted in both formal and non-formal/informal settings, such as schools or museums, libraries, Fab Labs and other makerspaces. We utilized the theoretical lens of nexus analysis and its concepts of interaction order and historical body, and as a result of our analysis, we report best practices and helping and hindering factors. Two gaps in the current knowledge were identified: (1) the current research focuses on success stories instead of challenges in the working, and, (2) histories of the participants and interaction between them are very rarely in the focus of the existing studies or reported in detail, even though they significantly affect what happens and what is possible to happen in Making sessions. View Full-Text
Keywords: digital fabrication; technology making; intergenerational; child; teacher; facilitator; mentor; parent; interaction order; historical body; nexus analysis. digital fabrication; technology making; intergenerational; child; teacher; facilitator; mentor; parent; interaction order; historical body; nexus analysis.
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Norouzi, B.; Kinnula, M.; Iivari, N. Interaction Order and Historical Body Shaping Children’s Making Projects—A Literature Review. Multimodal Technologies Interact. 2019, 3, 71.

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