How children represent sustainability in the home

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Desjardins, Audrey, & Wakkary, Ron. (2011). How children represent sustainability in the home. Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Interaction Design and Children (IDC '11), 37-45. doi:10.1145/1999030.1999035

Date created: 
2011
Keywords: 
Drawing and telling method
Eco-visualization
Children
Home
Sustainability
Abstract: 

This paper describes an exploratory study about children’s perspective on sustainability in the house through a drawingtelling 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.

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English
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Article
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