Children's assessment of co-design skills: Creativity, empathy and collaboration

Maarten Van Mechelen, Alice Schut, Mathieu Gielen, Antonia Clasina Södergren

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Abstract

This paper presents a co-design project in a school with 16 children ages 10 to 11 in which three learning goals were defined upfront: creativity, empathy, and collaboration. The first part of the paper demonstrates how these co-design skills were implemented through an iterative process of explanation, practice, reflection, and application. Based on the results of post-interviews and short questionnaires, the second part discusses children's assessments of these skills. Whereas children reported fluctuations in applying these skills, the findings show an overall positive trend towards the end of the project. In future work, these findings will be triangulated with observational data.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 18th ACM International Conference on Interaction Design and Children, IDC 2019
EditorsJerry Fails
Place of PublicationNew York, NY, USA
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Pages520-526
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4503-6690-8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Event18th ACM International Conference on Interaction Design and Children, IDC 2019 - Boise, United States
Duration: 12 Jun 201915 Jun 2019

Conference

Conference18th ACM International Conference on Interaction Design and Children, IDC 2019
CountryUnited States
CityBoise
Period12/06/1915/06/19

Keywords

  • 21st century skills
  • Children
  • Co-design
  • Collaboration
  • Creativity
  • Design-based learning
  • Empathy
  • Participatory design

Cite this

Van Mechelen, M., Schut, A., Gielen, M., & Södergren, A. C. (2019). Children's assessment of co-design skills: Creativity, empathy and collaboration. In J. Fails (Ed.), Proceedings of the 18th ACM International Conference on Interaction Design and Children, IDC 2019 (pp. 520-526). Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). https://doi.org/10.1145/3311927.3325334