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Matin Mahboob Kanafi, Netta Iivari, Marianne Kinnula, and Sumita Sharma. 2022. Uncovering Children’s Situated Design Capital – A Nexus Analytic Inquiry. In Interaction Design and Children (IDC ’22), June 27–30, 2022, Braga, Portugal. ACM, New York, NY, USA, 14 pages.

Uncovering children’s situated design capital : a nexus analytic inquiry

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Author: Mahboob Kanafi, Matin1; Iivari, Netta1; Kinnula, Marianne1;
Organizations: 1INTERACT Research Unit, University of Oulu
Format: article
Version: published version
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Language: English
Published: Association for Computing Machinery, 2022
Publish Date: 2023-01-04


Nurturing children’s competences needed for their digital futures and inviting them to adopt a protagonist role within design process have recently been emphasized in child-computer interaction research. For children to be able to act as design protagonists, they need design capital. We carried out a project with 13‐14‐year-olds and inquired under what circumstances the situated design capital of children emerged, enabling them to act as design protagonists without us deliberately steering them towards that. By employing the theoretical lens of nexus analysis, several factors were discovered that mediated children to utilize their situated design capital, including distributed agency, positive peer pressure, peer learning, and identity positioning. The findings imply that children’s situated capital emanates from interactional phenomena, within which historical trajectories of the place, children, discourses, ideas, and objects intermingle.

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ISBN: 978-1-4503-9197-9
Pages: 408 - 421
DOI: 10.1145/3501712.3529732
Host publication: Interaction Design and Children (IDC ’22), June 27–30, 2022, Braga, Portugal
Conference: Interaction Design and Children
Type of Publication: A4 Article in conference proceedings
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 GenZproject, 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.
Academy of Finland Grant Number: 324685
Detailed Information: 324685 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
Copyright information: © 2022 Copyright held by the owner/author(s). This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs International 4.0 License.