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Towards an Ecological Inquiry in Child-Computer Interaction

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The paper introduces an Ecological Inquiry as a methodological approach for designing technology with children. The inquiry is based on the ‘ecological turn’ in HCI, Ubiquitous Computing and Participatory Design that shift the emphasis of design from technological artifacts to entire use ecologies into which technologies are integrated. Our Ecological Inquiry extends Cooperative Inquiry in three directions: from understanding to emergence of social practices and meanings, from design of artifacts to hybrid environments, and from a focus on technology to appropriations through design and use. We exemplify our approach in a case study in which we designed social technologies for hybrid learning environments with children in two schools, and discuss how an Ecological Inquiry can inform existing approaches in CCI.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIDC '13 : Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Interaction Design and Children
Number of pages10
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Publication year24 Jun 2013
ISBN (print)978-1-4503-1918-8
Publication statusPublished - 24 Jun 2013
EventInteraction Design & Children Conference 2013 - The New School, New YOrk, New York, United States
Duration: 24 Jun 201328 Jun 2013


ConferenceInteraction Design & Children Conference 2013
LocationThe New School, New YOrk
LandUnited States
ByNew York

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