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The effects of multiple mice on children's talk and interaction


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Stanton, D. and Neale, H., 2003. The effects of multiple mice on children's talk and interaction. Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, 19 (2), pp. 229-238.

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Abstract

A classroom-based evaluation study examined the process of children's collaboration when using 1 or 2 mice at a desktop computer. The groupware was displayed on a PC with a single monitor, keyboard, and 1 or 2 mice. 26 school children (aged 6-7 yrs) worked in pairs to re-create a poem in pictorial format. In-depth qualitative examination of interaction using 'collaboration networks' highlighted differences in working styles between conditions. Children using 2 mice divided up their task, worked in parallel, and showed limited reciprocity and elaboration of ideas. Children sharing 1 mouse demonstrated varied behaviors ranging from highly collaboratively work to extreme domination by 1 partner. The implications of these results for the organization of tasks are discussed.

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Item Type Articles
CreatorsStanton, D.and Neale, H.
DOI10.1046/j.0266-4909.2003.00023.x
DepartmentsFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences > Psychology
RefereedYes
StatusPublished
ID Code9540

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