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Legitimate participation in the classroom context - Adding learning goals to participatory design

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  • Wolmet Barendregt, Chalmers University of Technology
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  • Tilde M. Bekker, Technische Universiteit Eindhoven
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  • Peter Börjesson, Chalmers University of Technology
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  • Eva Eriksson
  • Olof Torgersson, Chalmers University of Technology

In this paper we examine the challenges of introducing learning goals in Participatory Design (PD) activities in a school context. In order to increase the transparency of mutual learning in accordance with traditional PD values, we argue that learning through design approaches can inspire us to actively formulate learning goals, stage activities and include reflection as an integral part in the PD activity in order to meet those learning goals. We tested this approach in several master student projects, where the students were required to involve children in schools in the design of a technology. Our data analysis is based on their written reports as well as a specific exam question. We found that defining good learning goals was hard, but useful, especially when designing and discussing informed consent forms with teachers. Staging activities in order to meet the learning goals was possible, although learning goals were sometimes derived from the activities. Finally, incorporating moments of reflection for children was still difficult for our students because they felt pressed for time. We present some of the advantages and problems so that practitioners can consider the added value of this approach.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of IDC 2016 - The 15th International Conference on Interaction Design and Children
Number of pages8
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Publication year21 Jun 2016
Pages167-174
ISBN (Electronic)9781450343138
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Publication statusPublished - 21 Jun 2016
Event15th International Conference on Interaction Design and Children, IDC 2016 - Manchester, United Kingdom
Duration: 21 Jun 201624 Jun 2016

Conference

Conference15th International Conference on Interaction Design and Children, IDC 2016
LandUnited Kingdom
ByManchester
Periode21/06/201624/06/2016
SponsorACM Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction (SIGCHI)
SeriesProceedings of IDC 2016 - The 15th International Conference on Interaction Design and Children

    Research areas

  • Children, Learning through design, Participatory design, CCTD

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