ERIC Number: EJ1147565
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
An Exploration of Women's Engagement in Makerspaces
Bean, Vanessa; Farmer, Nicole M.; Kerr, Barbara A.
Gifted and Talented International, v30 n1-2 p61-67 2015
The Maker Movement is an international trend for communities to form around shared tools and workspaces in order to engage in do-it-yourself activities. Women are underrepresented in Makerspaces, and exploration of issues related to their participation may provide directions for future research. Eight women participated in a focus group study of their motivations, perception, needs, and goals for Makerspace participation. Women participated primarily to showcase their work and to network with others. They benefited most from encouragement and support to finish their projects. They did not perceive gender barriers to their participation, and their hope was that the Makerspace would become a community resource. It may be that these "pioneer" women in the Maker movement were used to being a minority in male spaces and felt welcome in most activities. Despite their acknowledgment of the importance of tools and space, what was most valued by these Women Makers were the social aspects of the community.
Descriptors: Females, Creative Activities, Disproportionate Representation, Participation, Focus Groups, Motivation, Attitudes, Needs, Objectives, Barriers, Qualitative Research
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Identifiers - Location: Kansas
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