Research and Practice in Technology Enhanced
Few studies have focused on how youth develop agency to organize and participate in online unstructured creative collaborations. This paper describes and analyzes how youth programmers organized collaborative groups in response to a programming “Collab Challenge” in the Scratch Online Community and in an accompanying workshop with high school students. The analyses focused on modalities of online collaborations, determined the breadth of online participation, and examined local teens’ awareness of the online community. The discussion addresses youth’s collaborative agency in these new networked contexts, studied the role that online social awareness plays in completing tasks and makes recommendations for the support of online programming communities.
Kafai, Y. B., Fields, D. A., Roque, R., Burke, W. Q., & Monroy-Hernández, A. (in press). Collaborative agency in youth online and offline creative production in Scratch. Research and Practice in Technology Enhanced Learning.