Publication: Two decades in the making: A scoping review on research on digital making and its potential for digital empowerment in non-formal settings

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Kathrin Smolarczyk and Stephan Kröner published an article on  “Two decades in the making: A scoping review on research on digital making and its potential for digital empowerment in non-formal settings”  in Journal of Research on Technology in Education.

Here is the full text: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/15391523.2021.1974987

Abstract:

FabLabs and makerspaces offer unprecedented opportunities for digital empowerment, especially for children and adolescents. However, reviews on making with regard to empowerment are lacking. We identified n = 180 publications on digital making with children and adolescents and, after categorizing them regarding formal criteria and formality of settings, identified the main topics in publications on digital making in non-formal settings. Results revealed a great demand for empirical studies with experimental designs. Three main topics emerged: domain-specific determinants of participation, equity, and skills and competencies. Implications for further research and limitations as well as implications for digital empowerment processes are discussed.

 

Keywords: Maker Movement, digital empowerment, maker education, children, scoping review

 

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/15391523.2021.1974987