'Maker' within Constraints: Exploratory Study of Young Learners using Arduino at a High School in India

論文URL:http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?doid=3025453.3025849

論文アブストラクト:Do-it-yourself (DIY) inspired activities have gained popularity as a means of creative expression and self-directed learning. However, DIY culture is difficult to implement in places with limited technology infrastructure and traditional learning cultures. Our goal is to understand how learners in such a setting react to DIY activities. We present observations from a physical computing workshop with 12 students (13-15 years old) conducted at a high school in India. We observed unique challenges for these students when tackling DIY activities: a high monetary and psychological cost to exploration, limited independent learning resources, difficulties with finding intellectual courage and assumed technical language proficiency. Our participants, however, overcome some of these challenges by adopting their own local strategies: resilience, nonverbal and verbal learning techniques, and creating documentation and fallback circuit versions. Based on our findings, we discuss a set of lessons learned about makerspaces in a context with socio-technical challenges.

日本語のまとめ:

様々な制約(物資的制限、教育的文化の違いなど)下の子供たちがMakeを学ぶ様子を観察した。インドの高校で2人×6グループによる3日間ワークショップを実施し、柔軟にセンサを流用したり、生徒同士で教え合う様子が見られた。

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