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Title: At-Home Engineering: Caregivers’ Support During Problem-Solving
Authors: Penney, Lauren
Paul, Kelli M.
Kim, Jungsun
Maltese, Adam V.
Simpson, Amber
Keywords: Learning Sciences
Issue Date: 2023
Publisher: International Society of the Learning Sciences
Citation: Penney, L., Paul, K. M., Kim, J., Maltese, A. V., & Simpson, A. (2023). At-home engineering: Caregivers’ support during problem-solving. In Blikstein, P., Van Aalst, J., Kizito, R., & Brennan, K. (Eds.), Proceedings of the 17th International Conference of the Learning Sciences - ICLS 2023 (pp. 1170-1173). International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Abstract: The home environment is a critical context in which children engage in STEM activities. Caregivers serve as key influencers on their children’s engagement in these activities. This case study of four families explored how caregivers support their child(ren) during moments of problem-solving while completing engineering activities at home and illustrated the variation in caregiver support, caregiver participation/child agency, problem-solving strategies used, and integration of activities into the home. Our findings suggest we need to be purposeful in designing kit activities and supports for caregivers that will contribute to meaningful interactions during STEM activities that draw upon the unique relationship between caregivers and their children in the home.
Description: Short Paper
Appears in Collections:ISLS Annual Meeting 2023

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