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Title:“Ray of sunshine happiness gun” and other apps in pursuit of social justice: Teens’ designs from Philadelphia
Author(s):Fisher, Karen E.; Martens, Marianne; Peterson-Kempf, Ann; Meyers, Eric M.
Social justice
Abstract:Young people everywhere are marginalized due to intersecting forces: poverty, racism, bigotry, and even language ability. Such marginalization limits opportunities for education, personal development, economic stability, and the ability to engage in civic affairs. Libraries can help, but are underutilized by teens on the fringes of society. Traditional methods, such as surveys and focus groups, can fall short as tools for understanding holistically the needs of teens and providing useful service. We used community-based design research with teens at the Free Library of Philadelphia (PA, USA) to uncover the meaning of technology, community, and social justice in teens’ lives, and to create designs for promoting social justice. A Raspberry Pi training session gave teens an inexpensive and user-friendly way to experience technology creation. Teens’ designs showed an array of creative apps and services for promoting social justice that reflect deep sensitivity of community and care for others.
Issue Date:2017
Citation Info:Fisher, K. E., Martens, M., Peterson-Kemp, A., & Meyers, E. M. (2017). “Ray of Sunshine Happiness Gun” and Other Apps in Pursuit of Social Justice: Teens’ Designs from Philadelphia. In iConference 2017 Proceedings (pp. 542-552).
Series/Report:iConference 2017 Proceedings
Genre:Conference Paper / Presentation
Rights Information:Copyright 2017 Karen E. Fisher, Marianne Martens, Ann Peterson-Kempf, and Eric M. Meyers
Date Available in IDEALS:2017-07-27

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