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

Danae Stanton, H Neale

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)229-238
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Computer Assisted Learning
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2003


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