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Child as Protagonist: Expanding the Role of Children in Participatory Design

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We suggest that a commitment to political Participatory Design defines a new role for children in participatory practices – the role of protagonist. In this role, the objective extents beyond giving children a voice in design, to more broadly address how they can be empowered to shape technological development and critically reflect on the role of technology in their practices. This re-accentuation of political Participatory Design and the formulation of the protagonist role is important in terms of deepening our understanding of how children may be empowered through design, and is timely in relation to current challenges pertaining to training children within the context of 21st century skills. Through a case study we demonstrate how the role of protagonist, based on political Participatory Design, changes the objective, process, and outcome measures of the design process.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIDC 2017 - Proceedings of the 2017 ACM Conference on Interaction Design and Children : Proceedings of the 2017 Conference on Interaction Design and Children
EditorsPaolo Blikstein, Dor Abrahamson
Number of pages11
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Publication year2017
ISBN (print)978-1-4503-4921-5
ISBN (Electronic)9781450349215
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventInteraction Design and Children 2017 - Stanford, United States
Duration: 27 Jun 201730 Jun 2017


ConferenceInteraction Design and Children 2017
LandUnited States

    Research areas

  • Design competence, Participatory design, Political participatory design, Protagonist, Twenty-first century skills

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