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Towards a Critical Participatory Design Approach for the Neurodivergent : A Case Study for Students with ADHD

Hu, Louis (2023) Towards a Critical Participatory Design Approach for the Neurodivergent : A Case Study for Students with ADHD.

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Abstract:This thesis critically examines how existing frameworks for the design of assistive technologies for neurodivergent people, e.g., those with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), primarily operate from a medical and deficitary view where ADHD-focused technology aims to reduce undesirable characteristics and behaviours. Drawing on agonistic participatory design principles, this thesis seeks to reevaluate current design practices of assistive technologies, breaking away from traditional paradigms and challenging the prevailing notions that have often overlooked the unique needs of neurodivergent individuals. A participatory design workshop involving students with ADHD serves as the centrepiece, fostering collaborative innovation in the creation of ADHD-friendly technologies. This thesis critically reflects on the challenges and opportunities presented by this approach, discussing the themes that have emerged from the workshop. By reappropriating agonistic participatory design in human-computer interaction (HCI) research, the thesis aims to provide a nuanced perspective on creating technologies in project-based settings that not only accommodate but empower neurodivergent individuals. Through a thematic analysis and subsequent discussions of the emerging themes, this research contributes to a broader understanding of the effectiveness and implications of adopting an agonistic participatory design approach in developing more neuro-inclusive technologies.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:08 philosophy, 10 humanities in general, 85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:Business Administration MSc (60644)
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