Workshop date: June 21st, Media Center, Manchester, UK

This workshop is a cooperation between the following two workshops: ‘How Many Roles Can Children Play?’ and ‘Being Explicit about Underlying Values, Assumptions and Views when Designing for Children in the IDC Community’.

The full-day workshop divided into two parts.
Part 1, 9.00-12.30
Overall discussion of how researchers and designers can make their values and assumptions regarding children and childhood in the design process of products for children more explicit, for example, when it comes to the many roles that children can have in the design of technology. What are the assumptions and values of the different roles? What happens with the view of children if the children are makers, if they are expert evaluators, or conducting contextual enquiry activities?

Part 2, 13.30-17.00 In the afternoon we will split up into two groups: one group interested in the values and assumption’s perspective and another one interested in the roles of children perspective. In the value and assumption group we will discuss examples of design tools and other methods that can facilitate discussions on implicit assumptions. The second group will discuss how to produce guidelines and suggestions on when and how to involve children in the various stages of the design process.

Detailed schedule

Part 1
9.00        Introduction and background
9.30        Two minute presentations by the participants on their experiences and examples
10.30 Coffee Break
11.00 Discuss examples of design cases or projects in relation to values and/or roles in mixed groups of 3-4 people
12:00 Short presentations and wrap-up of the morning
12.30 Lunch break

Part 2
Values workshop participants
13.30 Presentation of a tool for making values explicit
14:00 Discuss manners in which further support can be provided to researchers/designers, where do the assumptions come from, e.g. cultural, and theoretical perspectives.

Roles workshop participants
13:30   group discussion on existing and emerging guidelines to drive the choice of roles to be played by children. What, who, when and how plus points coming from presentations given in the morning

All participants 
15.30    Coffee break
16:00 – 17.00 Wrapping up of the afternoon program (plenary)