Academy of Finland
Funding decision
Name Kumpulainen, Kristiina
Organisation University of Helsinki
Project title Learning by Making: The educational potential of school-based makerspaces for young learners’ digital competencies (iMake)
Decision No. 310790
Decision date 13.06.2017
Funding,period 01.09.2017 - 31.08.2020
Funding 360 000
WebFOCUS Report
Project description
This project will investigate young learners’ digital literacy practices and digital competence development in so called makerspaces in two Finnish primary schools. Makerspaces resonate with the new Finnish core curriculum facilitating hands-on learning activities that enable participants to work on creative projects using various digital tools. The empirical data will be collected intermittently in two schools over a period of one academic year by means of video, observational field notes, interviews and documents. The outcomes of the project will offer significant insights into understanding the nature of children's digital literacy practices in school-based makerspaces and the learning opportunities these create for their digital competencies across operational, cultural and critical dimensions. The research knowledge produced will inform future development of makerspaces and other novel learning environments for the advancement of young learners’ digital competencies.