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


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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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.


Item Type Articles
CreatorsStanton, D.and Neale, H.
DepartmentsFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences > Psychology
ID Code9540


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