Developmental human factors: Children's mental models of computers

Kristin E. Oleson, Valerie K. Sims, Matthew G. Chin, Heather C. Lum, Anne Sinatra

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Abstract

Two groups of first, third, and fifth grade children were interviewed about their mental models of computers. The first group was interviewed in 1999, and the second in 2009. In both data sets, children as young as 6 years of age generated well developed analogies for computers. However, the 2009 data showed that children are increasingly able to generate these analogies at a younger age. Further, the types of analogies generated differed as a function of time, with those interviewed in 1999 more likely to describe perceptual qualities of computers (e.g., it is square), and those interviewed in 2009 relating computers to both cell phones and entertainment devices. Children's knowledge of technology provides a glimpse into the future user's mindset.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication54th Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting 2010, HFES 2010
Pages1450-1453
Number of pages4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2010
Event54th Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting 2010, HFES 2010 - San Francisco, CA, United States
Duration: Sep 27 2010Oct 1 2010

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society
Volume2
ISSN (Print)1071-1813

Other

Other54th Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting 2010, HFES 2010
CountryUnited States
CitySan Francisco, CA
Period9/27/1010/1/10

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Human Factors and Ergonomics

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    Oleson, K. E., Sims, V. K., Chin, M. G., Lum, H. C., & Sinatra, A. (2010). Developmental human factors: Children's mental models of computers. In 54th Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting 2010, HFES 2010 (pp. 1450-1453). (Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society; Vol. 2). https://doi.org/10.1518/107118110X12829370088129