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Title: What if it Switched on the Sun? Exploring Creativity in a Brainstorming Session with Children Through a Vygotskyan Perspective
Authors: Kinnula, Marianne
Molin-Juustila, Tonja
Sánchez Milara, Iván
Cortés, Marta
Riekki, Jukka
Keywords: Brainstorming;Creativity;Design ideas;Children;Mixed-age group;Timeline analysis;School;Genuine participation;Empowerment
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: Springer, London
metadata.dc.relation.ispartof: Computer Supported Cooperative Work 26(4-5)- ECSCW 2017: Proceedings of the 15th European Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work
Series/Report no.: ECSCW
Abstract: We contribute in this study a first step in theory-based understanding on how creativity in collaborative design sessions relates to the elements that are present in a creative act. These elements include group composition, objects present, practices used, and previous knowledge of the participants. The context of this study was our search for lightweight methods for technology design with children, which can be used in a school context with large groups, will require as little amount of training as possible, and can be set up quickly. We formed a mixed group, consisting of young children, an older child and an adult, with the aim of involving children in creative collaborative brainstorming during the very early phases of design, so as to come up with fruitful ideas for technology development. We report our process and examine the implications of our results in relation to different elements that trigger and affect creativity in the collaborative design process. Use of Vygotsky’s cycle of creativity as our theoretical lens together with timeline analysis method presented in the paper were essential for seeing beneath the surface of what happened in this complex, collaborative creative process. Our results can be used for further methodological development of creative collaborative sessions, both with children and adults.
metadata.dc.identifier.doi: 10.1007/s10606-017-9280-2
ISSN: ISSN 0925-9724
metadata.mci.conference.sessiontitle: Long Papers
metadata.mci.conference.location: Sheffield, UK 28 August - 1 September 2017
Appears in Collections:ECSCW 2017 Long Papers

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