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Title: People, Places, and Pets: Situating STEM Education in Youths’ Homes with their Pets
Authors: Kelly, Annie
Johnson, Gabriella M.
Polman, Joseph L.
Kane, Shaun K.
Shapiro, R. Benjamin
Keywords: Learning Sciences
Issue Date: Jun-2021
Publisher: International Society of the Learning Sciences
Citation: Kelly, A., Johnson, G. M., Polman, J. L., Kane, S. K., & Shapiro, R. B. (2021). People, Places, and Pets: Situating STEM Education in Youths’ Homes with their Pets. In de Vries, E., Hod, Y., & Ahn, J. (Eds.), Proceedings of the 15th International Conference of the Learning Sciences - ICLS 2021. (pp. 11-18). Bochum, Germany: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Abstract: We facilitated a remote educational summer camp for teenage youth, with participants “sheltering in place” at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The summer camp was part of an initiative aimed at promoting STEM education for youth through learning about their pets’ senses and engaging in a co-design project to enrich aspects of their pets’ lives. We describe how situating scientific and design activities within the home and with pets engages participants in ethnomethodological practices such as field work, naturalistic observation, and in situ design that build upon their funds of knowledge. We discuss implications for the designs of learning environments that leverage the benefits of at-home science and design with pets.
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