KidReporter : a user requirements gathering technique for designing with children

M.M. Bekker, J. Beusmans, D.V. Keyson, P.A. Lloyd

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    This paper describes a design method, novel to the domain of interaction design, for gathering user requirements from children called the KidReporter method. The KidReporter method was chosen and further refined based on assumptions about User-Centred Design. The method was considered to be suitable and appealing for children in terms of participating in design. Two school classes participated in making a newspaper about a zoo, to gather requirements for the design process of an interactive educational game. The educational game was developed to educate children about animals while walking through a zoo. The KidReporter method's main strengths are that it combines many techniques for eliciting information from children, such as interviews, drawing and making pictures. In this paper we describe how the KidReporter method was applied, in what manner it was successful and what we would do differently next time.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)187-202
    JournalInteracting with Computers
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2003


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