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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.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOZCHI'19 : Proceedings of the 31st Australian Conference on Human-Computer-Interaction
Number of pages12
Place of publicationNew York
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Publication yearDec 2019
ISBN (Electronic)9781450376969
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2019
Event31st Australian Conference on Human-Computer-Interaction, OzCHI 2019 - Perth/Fremantle, Australia
Duration: 2 Dec 20195 Dec 2019


Conference31st Australian Conference on Human-Computer-Interaction, OzCHI 2019
SponsorCurtin University, Edith Cowan University (ECU), Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia (HFESA), Perth Convention Bureau, The University of Western Australia (UWA), UX Machines Pty Ltd
SeriesACM International Conference Proceeding Series

    Research areas

  • CCI, Children, Context, Least-Adult role, Participatory design

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