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Netta Iivari, Sumita Sharma, Leena Ventä-Olkkonen, Tonja Molin-Juustila, Kari Kuutti, Jenni Holappa, Essi Kinnunen, Critical agenda driving child–computer interaction research—Taking a stock of the past and envisioning the future, International Journal of Child-Computer Interaction, 2021, 100408, ISSN 2212-8689,

Critical agenda driving child–computer interaction research : taking a stock of the past and envisioning the future

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Author: Iivari, Netta1; Sharma, Sumita1; Ventä-Olkkonen, Hanna-Leena1;
Organizations: 1INTERACT Research Unit, University of Oulu, P.O. BOX 3000, 90014 Oulu, Finland
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Version: published version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Elsevier, 2021
Publish Date: 2021-12-17


There is a revitalized interest in power and politics around design and technology in the Human–Computer Interaction (HCI) field. Child–Computer Interaction (CCI) research community has also shown arousing interest towards the topic. However, despite this emerging interest, the CCI research community has remained quite silent about the potential of a critical agenda for CCI. Few studies have explicitly addressed critical research or critical design. This study introduces the notion of a critical agenda for CCI research and identifies CCI studies that are linked with the critical agenda, revealing that there are CCI studies showing emerging interests and seeds for addressing the critical agenda. Overall, this study explores the state-of-the-art critical research tradition in CCI and explicates the potential of this tradition for making the world a better place through design and technology in collaboration with children.

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Series: International journal of child-computer interaction
ISSN: 2212-8689
ISSN-E: 2212-8697
ISSN-L: 2212-8689
Issue: In press
DOI: 10.1016/j.ijcci.2021.100408
Type of Publication: A2 Review article in a scientific journal
Field of Science: 113 Computer and information sciences
Funding: This study was funded by Academy of Finland (Grant #324685, Make-a-Difference project). This research is connected to the GenZ-project, a strategic profiling project in human sciences at the University of Oulu, supported by the Academy of Finland (Grant #318930) and the University of Oulu .
Copyright information: © 2021 The Authors. Published by Elsevier B.V. This is an open access article under the CC BY license (