Human Centered Design ········· 2020

Based on what we gathered from our interviews, we decided it would be beneficial to conduct studies that involved kids firsthand. We brainstormed to determine what we wanted to know from both a child's and a parent’s perspective. With those ideas, we landed on three different research methods:
  • Diary study
  • Picture card study
  • Parent survey

Our diary studies consisted of drawing/coloring prompts for the kids and reflective questions for the parents or guardians.

  • Through these studies, we were able to get a good sense of what children understand in terms of gendered language, family dynamics, etc.

The picture card study included a series of cards with a photo on one side and a question on the other. The question was intended to prompt conversation in relation to the photo on the front.

  • This study gave us a first-hand perspective of how children process information, how long their attention span tends to last, and how they connect their ideas to their environment.

The survey consisted of a variety of questions for the parents. These questions were about themselves personally, their parenting styles, their children, etc. We had less success circulating the survey, the takeaways were similar to the diary study and picture cards.

Key Insights:
  • Through our conversations and studies, we realized that privilege plays a large role in determining the importance of inclusive education for that particular family.
  • Exposing children to inclusive content early on makes them more receptive to an inclusive mindset.
  • Every child is different in the ways that they learn, react, behave, etc. The way one child develops can look completely different from another.
  • Many factors are at play in the development of a child, making their life very complex.