Methodology for analyzing Children’s understanding of computer Interfaces
Kristin Lester, Shuli Gilutz, John Black, Teachers College, United States
EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Montreal, Canada ISBN 978-1-880094-56-3 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC
Developmental psychology and Human Computer Interaction (HCI) are two vast fields of research, with methodologies that have been widely developed. Standardized tests have been created to determine a child's developmental level and universal guidelines for usability of an interface have also been set. However, there is little information known as to how to combine these two fields such that they could be used to study children's understanding of computers. As researchers, we cannot deny there is a link between the fields that must be connected. Both fields have been in existence for quite some time, HCI being the much younger of the two, yet there have never been research based guidelines for the development of computer interfaces for children. In this paper we will summarize current methodologies and propose how to best combine them. Finally, we will discuss our study and methodology that combines these two fields to attempt to learn how to analyze children's understanding of novel computer interfaces.
Lester, K., Gilutz, S. & Black, J. (2005). Methodology for analyzing Children’s understanding of computer Interfaces. In P. Kommers & G. Richards (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2005--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 1263-1268). Montreal, Canada: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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