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Tablet for two: How do children collaborate around single player tablet games?

Fleck, R; Vasalou, A; Stasinou, K; (2021) Tablet for two: How do children collaborate around single player tablet games? International Journal of Human Computer Studies , 145 , Article 102539. 10.1016/j.ijhcs.2020.102539. (In press).

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Abstract

Tablet computers are increasingly used in school classrooms. However, despite the fact that these devices are conceived as single-user devices, and most games or apps developed for them are designed for single-users, pairs or groups of students usually use these devices. Surprisingly little research has been done to explore the ways in which these devices support or not children’s collaboration – instead research has focused on larger tabletop computers, or on collaboration around configurations of multiple tablet computers. In this paper we present a case-study analysis of pairs of children playing single player tablet games together. We use a combination of temporal video analysis and the Collaborative Learning Mechanisms (CLM) framework previously developed to understand collaboration around surfaces. This analysis aims to unpack collaborative interactions around these devices and identify ways in which successful and less successful collaborations occur. A comparison of our findings to previous studies of interactions around larger tabletop surfaces reveals some of the ways interactions around tablets differ to these. We use these understandings to begin to outline some of the issues to take into consideration when facilitating and designing for children’s collaboration around single tablet computers

Type: Article
Title: Tablet for two: How do children collaborate around single player tablet games?
DOI: 10.1016/j.ijhcs.2020.102539
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijhcs.2020.102539
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Culture, Communication and Media
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10111916
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