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The "Least-Adult" Role in Participatory Design with Children

EasyChair Preprint no. 1770

12 pagesDate: October 24, 2019


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.

Keyphrases: Child Computer Interaction, children, least-adult role, participatory design

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BibTeX does not have the right entry for preprints. This is a hack for producing the correct reference:
  author = {Bronwyn Cumbo and Eva Eriksson and Ole Sejer Iversen},
  title = {The "Least-Adult" Role in Participatory Design with Children},
  howpublished = {EasyChair Preprint no. 1770},

  year = {EasyChair, 2019}}
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