From Idea to Product – Participation of Users in the Development Process of a Multimedia Platform for Parental Involvement in Kindergarten

  • Dionisia LaranjeiroEmail author
  • Maria João Antunes
  • Paula Santos
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 865)


Parental involvement in kindergarten has been pointed out as an important factor in cognitive development, child behavior and school adaptation. In kindergarten, parents can get involved in various ways. Web technologies can facilitate two types of parental involvement: communication with the early childhood educator, to learn more about child’s learning process in kindergarten, and home-based educational activities, using digital educational content. In this sense, the research team set up a design research, aimed to develop a multimedia platform that promotes communication and resource sharing among educators, parents and children, to facilitate parental involvement in learning. This article presents the development of the platform, from the preliminary studies to the evaluation of the functional prototype, with the participation of parents and educators in all phases of the development process.


Parental involvement Multimedia platform Prototype development Learning process in kindergarten 



This article reports research developed within the PhD Program Technology Enhanced Learning and Societal Challenges, funded by Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia, FCT I. P. – Portugal, under contract # PD/00173/2014. The first author has a grant from the Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) and the European Social Fund (ESF) under the III Community Support Framework (SFRH/BDE/95701/2013).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dionisia Laranjeiro
    • 1
    Email author
  • Maria João Antunes
    • 2
  • Paula Santos
    • 1
  1. 1.CIDTFF, Department of Education and PsychologyUniversity of AveiroAveiroPortugal
  2. 2.CIC.Digital/Digimedia, Department of Communication and ArtsUniversity of AveiroAveiroPortugal

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