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Title: Improvisational Infrastructuring by Facilitators in Public Computing
Authors: Hladik, Stephanie
Shanahan, Marie-Claire
Sengupta, Pratim
Keywords: Learning and Identity
Issue Date: Jun-2020
Publisher: International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS)
Citation: Hladik, S., Shanahan, M., & Sengupta, P. (2020). Improvisational Infrastructuring by Facilitators in Public Computing. In Gresalfi, M. and Horn, I. S. (Eds.), The Interdisciplinarity of the Learning Sciences, 14th International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS) 2020, Volume 2 (pp. 807-808). Nashville, Tennessee: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Abstract: In this paper, we investigate the ways in which infrastructuring is emergent and enacted by facilitators of a public computing exhibit in a museum setting. We collected data in the form of video-recorded interactions of facilitators and visitors at the exhibit, interviews with facilitators, and field notes. Drawing from the experience of one facilitator in particular, we showcase that the “when”s of infrastructuring are strongly related to their figured worlds of computing and museums, and also to institutional regulations and norms. We argue that infrastructuring emerges through improvisational actions and patterns of behavior conducted by facilitators, which are bounded simultaneously by their figured worlds and institutional requirements. This study has implications for future work in informal education, bringing to light the complexity of facilitators’ practices in such spaces that will impact both design and learning opportunities in museums and other educational environments.
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