Many researchers have explored the effects of involving children in the technology design processes on
the resulting technology; however few have investigated the impact that this design process participation
might have on the child design partners themselves. Using a case study method, we explored the social
and cognitive experiences of children involved in a Cooperative Inquiry technology design process in
partnership with adults over a one year period. Findings indicated that children involved in the
technology design process in partnership with adults had social and cognitive experiences in the areas of
relationships, enjoyment, confidence, communication, collaboration, skills, and content.
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