Towards a child-led design process A pilot study: When pre-schoolers' play becomes designing

Maarten van Mechelen, Antonia Clasina Södergren

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Abstract

This paper explores how a co-design process can be centred around pre-schoolers' enjoyment of constructive play practices, so that they, rather than adults, become protagonists in a design process. The pilot study was conducted involving 25 children from 3-6 years of age in an intuitive three-step design process that allowed the children to self-reliantly express themselves and make their own design decisions. Generative tools, storytelling, and a set of open-ended design tasks stimulated the pre-schoolers to design tactile 3D shapes. Observational data provided insight in the children's playtime and focus during the design process. The results showed that it is possible for pre-schoolers to (1) establish focus on construction play (environment), (2) that their explorative playing is led through distinctive phases of a design process (activity), and (3) that they are able to construct something specific by playing (concept).

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 18th ACM International Conference on Interaction Design and Children, IDC 2019
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 18th ACM International Conference on Interaction Design and Children
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Pages629-634
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781450366908
ISBN (Print)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

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 18th ACM International Conference on Interaction Design and Children, IDC 2019

Conference

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

Keywords

  • Children
  • Construction play
  • Design method
  • Participatory design
  • Pre-schooler
  • Protagonist

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