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      Working with Teenagers within HCI Research: Understanding Teen-Computer Interaction


      Proceedings of the 28th International BCS Human Computer Interaction Conference (HCI 2014) (HCI)

      BCS Human Computer Interaction Conference (HCI 2014)

      9 - 12 September 2014

      Teenagers, Design, Teen-Computer Interaction

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          There has been limited consideration of teenagers (defined as 12-19 year olds in this work) as participants and end-users in Child-Computer Interaction and mainstream HCI communities. Teenagers reside in a fascinating and dynamic space between childhood and adulthood, and working more closely with teenagers within HCI may bring great insights and benefits. This paper provides an overview of teenage development from a psychological perspective, and then reviews existing work considering teenagers within HCI. Teenagers have long been identified as unique and studied within the field of developmental psychology, and the overview we provide in this paper highlights key understandings that should be carefully considered when working with teen participants. The paper concludes by presenting a set of key research questions that need to be explored in order to effectively work with teenagers within the field of HCI and provide a roadmap for future research within the Teen-Computer Interaction area.

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                Author and article information

                September 2014
                September 2014
                : 201-206
                ChiCI Research Group,

                University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK.
                Faculty of Health & Life Sciences,

                York St. John University, York, UK.
                © Daniel Fitton et al. Published by BCS Learning and Development Ltd. Proceedings of the 28th International BCS Human Computer Interaction Conference (HCI 2014), Southport, UK

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                Proceedings of the 28th International BCS Human Computer Interaction Conference (HCI 2014)
                Southport, UK
                9 - 12 September 2014
                Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC)
                BCS Human Computer Interaction Conference (HCI 2014)
                Product Information: 1477-9358BCS Learning & Development
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                Electronic Workshops in Computing


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