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Influence of soft materials on student engagement with STEM: Combination of technology, programming, and textiles in a maker movement activity
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Technology, Department of Informatics.
2018 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

While the computer programing becomes a fundamental skill in the last century, it has been globally acknowledged that there is a decline in number of graduates in disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Many scholars have been addressing this lack of interest and studied student engagement with STEM through variety of engagement programs and activities. In this master thesis as an exploratory qualitative study, technology and programing are blended together in a workshop hosting students of age 12-13 towards the development of their enthusiasm and engagement with STEM. During the activity, students used Makey Makey toolkit and Scartch programming language by application of textiles as soft material to investigate how this combination impact the engagement, and in what ways soft materials influence it. The study results in the light of Flow theory showed that four attributes of attention, motivation, engagement and social interaction pursued in the workshop. Textiles, as a mediator by expanding the flow state boundaries make the activity softer to encourage students being engaged in it, particularly from a gender perspective.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2018. , p. 58
Keywords [en]
STEM students, Maker Movement tools, fabric/textile, Flow theory
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Information Systems
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-79295OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-79295DiVA, id: diva2:1272907
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Informatics
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Master Programme in Information Systems, 120 credits
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Available from: 2018-12-21 Created: 2018-12-20 Last updated: 2018-12-21Bibliographically approved

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