Micro-ethics for participatory design with marginalised children

Spiel, Katta, Brulé, Emeline, Frauenberger, Christopher, Bailly, Gilles and Fitzpatrick, Geraldine (2018) Micro-ethics for participatory design with marginalised children. Participatory Design Conference, Hasselt and Genk, Belgium, 20-24 August 2018. Published in: Proceedings of the 15th Participatory Design Conference: Full Papers-Volume 1. Association for Computing Machinery ISBN 9781450363716

[img] PDF - Accepted Version
Download (515kB)


Marginalised children are uniquely vulnerable within western societies. Conducting participatory design research with them comes with particular ethical challenges, some of which we illustrate in this paper. Through several examples across two different participatory design projects (one with autistic children, another with visually impaired children), we reflect on the often overlooked tensions on the level of micro-ethics. We argue we are often required to rely on multiple moral frames of references. We discuss issues that the immediate interaction between researchers and marginalised children in participatory projects can bring and offer an understanding of how micro-ethics manifest in these collaborations. We contribute to a theoretical exploration of ethical encounters based on empirical grounds, which can guide other researchers in their participatory endeavours.

Item Type: Conference Proceedings
Schools and Departments: School of Engineering and Informatics > Engineering and Design
Research Centres and Groups: Creative Technology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BJ Ethics
T Technology > T Technology (General)
Depositing User: Emeline Brule
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2019 14:25
Last Modified: 11 Sep 2019 09:59
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/78978

View download statistics for this item

📧 Request an update