Equitable Engagement in STEM: Using E-textiles to Challenge the Positioning of Non-dominant Girls in School Science

Kristin Searle, Colby Tofel-Grehl, Janet Breitenstein


This paper examines how working with sewable, programmable electronics embedded in textiles (e-textiles) impacted the self-perceptions and actions of two middle school girls from non-dominant communities as they navigated their place within science class. Using analytic induction (Erickson, 1986), we explore the phenomena around their experiences and the influence of their teachers’ perceptions. Findings indicate that the personalizable nature of e-textiles created a meaningful opportunity for students to engage in science class in a new way.


identity, STEM, e-textiles, science, engagement

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18251/ijme.v21i1.1778

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