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Iivari, N., Kinnula, M. (2016) ‘It Has to Be Useful for the Pupils, of Course’ – Teachers as Intermediaries in Design with Children. Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing, (259), 16-28. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-43597-8_2

‘It has to be useful for the pupils, of course’ : teachers as intermediaries in design with children

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Author: Iivari, Netta1; Kinnula, Marianne1
Organizations: 1INTERACT Research Unit, Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, University of Oulu
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Version: accepted version
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Language: English
Published: Springer Nature, 2016
Publish Date: 2019-01-09


We explore ways by which teachers act as intermediaries in information technology (IT) design with children through analyzing three of our design projects conducted with schoolchildren and their teachers. In our projects the teachers acted as informants and evaluators, but not as IT design partners, albeit they had a lot of decision-making power as steering-group members of the projects. The teachers offered valuable understanding of children through their general knowledge about child development and their knowledge of their class. Teachers also acted as valuable facilitators in the design process, enhancing children’s participation in the design process. They also acted as advocates of children and their learning. They considered children’s learning goals and fit with the curriculum and developed their own skills and knowledge to serve children’s learning. Occasionally, they also acted as advocates of children’s interests more generally; however, not in the sense of critical tradition.

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Series: Lecture notes in business information processing
ISSN: 1865-1348
ISSN-E: 1865-1356
ISSN-L: 1865-1348
ISBN: 978-3-319-43597-8
ISBN Print: 978-3-319-43596-1
Issue: 259
Pages: 16 - 28
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-43597-8_2
Host publication: Nordic contributions in IS research : 7th Scandinavian Conference on Information Systems, SCIS 2016 and IFIP8.6 2016, Ljungskile, Sweden, August 7-10, 2016, proceedings
Host publication editor: Lundh Snis, Ulrika
Conference: 7th Scandinavian Conference on Information Systems, SCIS 2016
Type of Publication: A4 Article in conference proceedings
Field of Science: 616 Other humanities
516 Educational sciences
518 Media and communications
113 Computer and information sciences
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