Matin Mahboob Kanafi, Netta Iivari, and Marianne Kinnula. 2022. Brave and Kind Superheroes – Children’s Reflections on the Design Protagonist Role. In Participatory Design Conference 2022: Volume 1 (PDC 2022 Vol. 1), August 19–September 01, 2022, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. ACM, New York, NY, USA, 11 pages. https://doi.org/10.1145/3536169.3537783
Brave and kind superheroes : children’s reflections on the design protagonist role
|Author:||Mahboob Kanafi, Matin1; Iivari, Netta1; Kinnula, Marianne1|
1INTERACT research unit, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
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|Persistent link:|| http://urn.fi/urn:nbn:fi-fe202301245370
Association for Computing Machinery,
|Publish Date:|| 2023-01-24
A design protagonist role for children has recently gained attention in political participatory design, with the aim of reframing the position of a child in relation to technology. However, the concept and the characteristics of the design protagonist remain quite vague still. We conducted a “My Superhero” design project with 13‐14-year-old schoolchildren, giving them a voice, nurturing their agency, and inviting them to reflect on their design experiences and the notion of the design protagonist. The findings show the children spontaneously adopted different roles, also the design protagonist role, in the design process without us intentionally guiding them towards those. The findings reveal children’s views on the characteristics of a design protagonist and their perceptions of their own characteristics and learning within the design process. Several factors mediating children’s adoption of the protagonist role, including context, personal interest, empathy, prior joint experience, adults’ role, self-learning, and soft skills, were discovered.
|Pages:||87 - 97|
Embracing Cosmologies: Expanding Worlds of Participatory Design. Proceedings of the 17th Participatory Design Conference, 19th August-1st September 2022, Online and Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK
|Host publication editor:||
Del Gaudio, Chiara
Participatory Design Conference
|Type of Publication:||
A4 Article in conference proceedings
|Field of Science:||
113 Computer and information sciences
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.
|Academy of Finland Grant Number:||
324685 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
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