How children represent sustainability in the home

A. Desjardins, R.L. Wakkary

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This paper describes an exploratory study about children's perspective on sustainability in the house through a drawing-telling method. Here, we describe the methodological framework used for interviewing children about issues related to sustainability using the drawing-telling technique as described by Susan Wright [26]. The participants (children from age 9 to 13) were asked to draw two houses and then describe their drawings in terms of sustainable actions and features. The results show how the participants understand sustainability and how they represent it in the context of a house. This pilot study is an initial step to investigate if there are opportunities to develop eco-visualizations (EVs) for children. The goal of this study is to inform the design of eco-visualizations for children based on their understanding of sustainability and their own visualization of their homes.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 10th International Conference on Interaction Design and Children (IDC '11)
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
ISBN (Print)978-1-4503-0751-2
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes
Event10th International Conference on Interaction Design and Children, IDC 2011 - Ann Arbor, United States
Duration: 20 Jun 201123 Jun 2011
Conference number: 10


Conference10th International Conference on Interaction Design and Children, IDC 2011
Abbreviated titleIDC 2011
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityAnn Arbor
Internet address


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