Collaborating around digital tabletops: children’s physical strategies from the UK, India and Finland

JAMIL, Izdihar, SUERO MONTERO, Calkin, PERRY, Mark, O'HARA, Kenton, KARNIK, Abhijit, PIHLAINEN, Kaisa, MARSHALL, Mark, JHA, Swathi, GUPTA, Sanjay and SUBRAMANIAN, Sriram (2017). Collaborating around digital tabletops: children’s physical strategies from the UK, India and Finland. ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction (TOCHI), 24 (3), p. 23.

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Abstract

We present a study of children collaborating around interactive tabletops in three different countries: the United Kingdom, India and Finland. Our data highlights the key distinctive physical strategies used by children when performing collaborative tasks during this study. Children in the UK tend to prefer static positioning with minimal physical contact and simultaneous object movement. Children in India employed dynamic positioning with frequent physical contact and simultaneous object movement. Children in Finland used a mixture of dynamic and static positioning with minimal physical contact and object movement. Our findings indicate the importance of understanding collaboration strategies and behaviours when designing and deploying interactive tabletops in heterogeneous educational environments. We conclude with a discussion on how designers of tabletops for schools can provide opportunities for children in different countries to define and shape their own collaboration strategies for small group learning that take into account their different classroom practices.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Cross-cultural; interactive tables; collaborative learning; user study; qualitative; quantitative; interaction design
Departments: Arts, Computing, Engineering and Sciences > Computing
Identification Number: 10.1145/3058551
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Depositing User: Mark Marshall
Date Deposited: 06 Jan 2017 14:41
Last Modified: 04 Aug 2017 06:27
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/14518

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