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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
Publication year3 Dec 2019
Publication statusPublished - 3 Dec 2019
Event31ST AUSTRALIAN CONFERENCE ON HUMAN-COMPUTER-INTERACTION - Perth, Australia
Duration: 3 Dec 20195 Dec 2019
http://ozchi2019.visemex.org/wp/

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Conference31ST AUSTRALIAN CONFERENCE ON HUMAN-COMPUTER-INTERACTION
CountryAustralia
CityPerth
Period03/12/201905/12/2019
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