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Title:Youth’s interest-driven learning in libraries and makerspaces amid Covid-19
Author(s):Jung, Yong Ju
Subject(s):Digital youth
Learning amid COVID-19
Library programming
Interest-driven learning
Abstract:Interest can be an important motivator that helps youth be resilient for their learning. Youth can participate in interest-driven learning activities across libraries, makerspaces, museums, and schools. However, COVID-19, as well as state regulations to prevent its spread (e.g., online classes for K- 12 schools, limited services for informal educational environments), may have influenced youths’ interest development. In the unique situations with COVID- 19, some youths may have lost their interests in some areas or cultivated creative ways to pursue their interests. Adopting the situative perspective to conceptualize theories of interest and learning, this qualitative research proposal aims to investigate (a) if and how COVID-19 changes youths’ existing interests and/or brings new interest, (b) what challenges youths experience when pursuing their interest during the pandemic, (c) how youths find and create new ways to pursue their interests in unique situations with the pandemic. For a collective case study, youth, from diverse ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds, having various previous experiences in their interest development are being recruited. Interview data will be collected 3-4 times for each participant to gather narratives and information about changes in their interests and learning experiences occurring remote (or in-person, if any) library and makerspace programs amid the pandemic. Interviews will be video recorded, transcribed, and then analyzed through narrative analysis and thematic analysis. This study will deepen the understanding of interest, learning, and resilience in relation to the unique situations and regulations with COVID-19.
Issue Date:2021-09-20
Series/Report:Children’s services
Community engagement
Public libraries
Genre:Conference Poster
Date Available in IDEALS:2021-09-17

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