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ERIC Number: EJ768627
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 22
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 46
ISSN: ISSN-0024-9033
Creating Web Portals with Children as Designers: Bonded Design and the Zone of Proximal Development
Large, Andrew; Bowler, Leanne; Beheshti, Jamshid; Nesset, Valerie
McGill Journal of Education, v42 n1 p61-82 Win 2007
The article presents a new technology design methodology that the authors have termed "Bonded Design" and that was applied by two intergenerational teams comprising adults and grade-three elementary school students in one case, and adults and grade-six students in a second case. The objective of each team was to design a low-tech web portal prototype that elementary school students could use to find information on Canadian history to support class-based projects. The relationship between Bonded Design and Vygotsky's Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD) theory is explored, and the success of Bonded Design is explained in part by its use of the ZPD as a conceptual framework for the development of a community of designers. (Contains 5 figures.)
McGill Journal of Education. McGill University, 3700 McTavish Street, Montreal, Quebec H3A 1Y2, Canada. Tel: 514-398-4246; Fax: 514-398-4529; NOTE: As of the winter issue for 2007 (v.42, n1), this journal will only be available online. Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada