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Title: Everyday STEAM Objects as Integrative Boundary Objects
Authors: Tsurusaki, Blakely
Tzou, Carrie
Conner, Laura Carsten
Keywords: Learning and Identity
Issue Date: Jun-2020
Publisher: International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS)
Citation: Tsurusaki, B., Tzou, C., & Conner, L. C. (2020). Everyday STEAM Objects as Integrative Boundary Objects. In Gresalfi, M. and Horn, I. S. (Eds.), The Interdisciplinarity of the Learning Sciences, 14th International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS) 2020, Volume 1 (pp. 585-588). Nashville, Tennessee: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Abstract: As STEAM has gained traction in informal education settings, it is important to support educators in learning about and developing STEAM learning experiences. We investigated what STEAM means to informal educators and how it relates to their everyday lives and identities by examining a STEAM objects activity. We found three themes in how the participants talked about the significance of the STEAM objects they shared: connection to land, historicity, and agency of materials. The STEAM objects served as boundary objects that connected communities of practice, showing the integrative nature of art and STEM, as well as bridging important aspects of their lives and STEAM. We discuss the importance of recognizing and leveraging the multiplicities of meaning and ways of knowing.
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