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The "least-Adult" role in participatory design with children

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Child participation in design is a central focus of Child Computer Interaction (CCI) research, however, examples of participatory research with children are primarily situated in adult-led contexts (e.g. design lab, classroom, museum) where design objectives, activities and tools are devised and facilitated by adults. In this paper, we contribute to current discussions by describing a participatory study situated within the "child-led nature-play contexts" of nine children (7-11 years). By adapting the role of "least-Adult" originally described in the childhood studies literature, we describe how this role can be established to access these exclusive play places and maintained through co-inquiry into each child's unique play practice. This research contributes to current discussions of child participation in CCI by (i) introducing the role of least-Adult as an approach to engaging with children through participatory research, (ii) recognising the influence of place in shaping child participation, and (iii) pointing to spatial-Temporal contextual factors as an important factor for enabling and shaping participatory research.

TitelOZCHI'19 : Proceedings of the 31st Australian Conference on Human-Computer-Interaction
Antal sider12
UdgivelsesstedNew York
ForlagAssociation for Computing Machinery
Udgivelsesårdec. 2019
ISBN (Elektronisk)9781450376969
StatusUdgivet - dec. 2019
Begivenhed31st Australian Conference on Human-Computer-Interaction, OzCHI 2019 - Perth/Fremantle, Australien
Varighed: 2 dec. 20195 dec. 2019


Konference31st Australian Conference on Human-Computer-Interaction, OzCHI 2019
SponsorCurtin University of Technology, Edith Cowan University, Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia (HFESA), Perth Convention Bureau, University of Western Australia, UX Machines Pty Ltd
SerietitelACM International Conference Proceeding Series

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