Participatory Design with Young Children: Failures, Challenges, and Successes

Katharina Buckmayer, Filipa Rocha, Elisa Rubegni, Reem Talhouk, Hugo Nicolau, Ana Cristina Pires

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This paper introduces a hands-on workshop centered on participatory design (PD) approaches tailored for engaging young children, with a special focus on failures, challenges, and successes in prior experiences within the child-computer interaction (CCI) domain. Although previous efforts have highlighted the advantages of engaging young children in PD, research has overlooked their involvement as co-designers, leading to a lack of exploration and understanding of their unique perspectives and challenges in the design process. Through an interactive session and collaborative activities, this workshop will facilitate discussions surrounding challenges, successes, and lessons learned through PD with young children. By evaluating and exchanging experiences, we aim to enhance our understanding of PD and refine its methodologies for this particular population. By synthesizing the shortcomings, difficulties, and successes of past experiences, the workshop will bring together researchers and practitioners to initiate efforts toward closing this research gap. Together we will establish the groundwork for enhanced approaches and a deeper understanding of how to involve young children in PD, which will enhance future efforts in the field of CCI.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIDC '24: Proceedings of the 23rd Annual ACM Interaction Design and Children Conference
Place of PublicationNew York
Number of pages3
ISBN (Electronic)9798400704420
Publication statusPublished - 17 Jun 2024
EventIDC '24 - 23rd Annual ACM Interaction Design and Children Conference: Inclusive Happiness - Delft University of Technology, Delft, Netherlands
Duration: 17 Jun 202420 Jun 2024
Conference number: 23rd


ConferenceIDC '24 - 23rd Annual ACM Interaction Design and Children Conference
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