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Title: Designing for Democracy in Education: Participatory Design and the Learning Sciences
Authors: DiSalvo, Betsy
DiSalvo, Carl
Issue Date: Jun-2014
Publisher: Boulder, CO: International Society of the Learning Sciences
Citation: DiSalvo, B. & DiSalvo, C. (2014). Designing for Democracy in Education: Participatory Design and the Learning Sciences. In Joseph L. Polman, Eleni A. Kyza, D. Kevin O'Neill, Iris Tabak, William R. Penuel, A. Susan Jurow, Kevin O'Connor, Tiffany Lee, and Laura D'Amico (Eds.). Learning and Becoming in Practice: The International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS) 2014. Volume 2. Colorado, CO: International Society of the Learning Sciences, pp. 793-799.
Abstract: Within the learning sciences the concept of design is important in developing learning environments and conducting research. We propose the field of learning sciences seek better understandings of design from the field of design. In this paper we focus on Participatory Design (PD), where goals for real world impact and democratic process resonate with goals of the learning science. Our reflection on applying PD in the learning sciences suggest a more democratic and effective methods for objectives such as: defining research and learning goals, practices that consider multiple participants in design, practices for establishing participatory living labs for design research, developing infrastructure for sustainable participation, and using PD as a way to seek transferable rather than generalizable outcomes. Finally, we reflect on how PD might help us answer some of the issues with interest driven learning that motivated our work.
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