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The dream performance - a case study of young girls' development of interest in STEM and 21st century skills, when activities in a makerspace were combined with drama
Karlstad University, Faculty of Health, Science and Technology (starting 2013), Department of Environmental and Life Sciences (from 2013).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9060-9973
2019 (English)In: Research in Science & Technological Education, ISSN 0263-5143, E-ISSN 1470-1138, p. 1-21Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
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Background: There is a shortage of people in the STEM sector, and it has been argued that more needs to be done, especially to attract girls. Furthermore, there is a need to develop twenty-first-century skills. No studies seem to have explored the combination of activities in makerspaces and the use of drama to stimulate interest in STEM and development of 21st century skills.Purpose: This study focused on a project with a unique combination of makerspace activities and the use of drama. The research questions investigated the outcomes that could be identified from combining drama and activities in a makerspace, with regard to the development of interest in STEM and twenty-first-century skills.Sample: Ten girls aged 7-11 years participated. A project leader, a drama teacher and three female engineering students supported the activities.Design and methods: The project lasted 3 months. Data were collected in the form of interviews and observations with video-recordings and field-notes, as well as documentation of props made by the girls. Analyses were conducted using thematic coding and discussed through the lens of Activity Theory.Results: The results showed that some of the girls developed an interest in science and technology. The girls also developed twenty-first-century skills, in terms of creativity, problem-solving and cooperation.Conclusions: Positive outcomes were found in this project, blending drama and making in a makerspace learning environment. Future studies could investigate how other skills and knowledge in different STEM subjects can be developed in similar projects.

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Taylor & Francis, 2019. p. 1-21
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Makerspace, drama, STEM, 21st century skills, interest
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Biology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-74560DOI: 10.1080/02635143.2019.1647157ISI: 000479316900001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-74560DiVA, id: diva2:1346883
Available from: 2019-08-29 Created: 2019-08-29 Last updated: 2019-10-15Bibliographically approved

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