Developmentally situated design (DSD: making theoretical knowledge accessible to designers of children’s Technology

M.M. Bekker, A.N. (Alissa) Antle

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    Abstract

    There is a wealth of theoretical knowledge about the developmental abilities and skills of children. However, this knowledge is not readily accessible to designers of interactive products. In this paper, we present the requirements, design and evaluation of developmentally situated design (DSD) cards. DSD cards are a design tool that makes age specific information about children's developing cognitive, physical, social, and emotional abilities readily accessible for designers. Initial requirements were elicited through interviews with design practitioners and students. The cards were evaluated through a design-in-use study in which design students used the cards to address three different design problems. Our analysis of observational notes and post-design interviews revealed how the cards' characteristics enabled different kinds of uses including framing, orienting, inspiring, informing, integrating and constraining. We conclude with a discussion of possible refinements and an analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of our approach.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2011 Annual Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '11), 7-11 May 2011, Vancouver, Canada
    Place of PublicationNew York
    PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
    Pages2531-2540
    ISBN (Print)978-1-4503-0228-9
    Publication statusPublished - 2011
    Event29th Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2011) - Vancouver, Canada
    Duration: 7 May 201112 May 2011
    Conference number: 29
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    Conference

    Conference29th Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2011)
    Abbreviated titleCHI 2011
    CountryCanada
    CityVancouver
    Period7/05/1112/05/11
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