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Tech Report HCIL-99-14

Druin, A. (May 1999)
Cooperative Inquiry: Developing New Technologies for Children with Children
Proceedings of CHI'99, Pittsburgh, PA, USA, May 15-20, ACM, New York, 592-599
HCIL-99-14

In today's homes and schools, children are emerging as frequent and experienced users of technology [3, 14]. As this trend continues, it becomes increasingly important to ask if we are fulfilling the technology needs of our children. To answer this question, I have developed a research approach that enables young children to have a voice throughout the technology development process. In this paper, the techniques of cooperative inquiry will be described along with a theoretical framework that situates this work in the HCI literature. Two examples of technology resulting from this approach will be presented, along with a brief discussion on the design-centered learning of team researchers using cooperative inquiry.

Keywords: Children, design techniques, educational applications, cooperative design, participatory design, cooperative inquiry, intergenerational design team, KidPad, PETS.


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