Feelings toolkit : a new evaluation tool for very young children

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

Abstract

The Feelings Toolkit is a new evaluation tool developed for very young children aged 3 to 5 years old. The tool can be used to evaluate feelings after very young children interact with computer products. It has two versions: the Wafiy Feelings Toolkit and Alisya Feelings Toolkit. It uses photographic representation and bipolar adjectives, good versus bad. The photographs were modelled by two nursery-aged children, one boy and one girl, representing one positive feeling (good), one neutral feeling, and one negative feeling (bad).It is difficult to find a suitable tool or method to evaluate feelings after very young children interact with computer products. But it is crucial to involve very young children in evaluating children's computer products since they are the users. Many researchers have developed tools and methods for older children aged above five.The Feelings Toolkit was developed using an iterative design approach and children's participation in the UK. The development process involved six stages; design and testing of (1) Smiley Feelings Toolkit, (2) Pictorial Feelings Toolkit, (3) Wafiy Feelings Toolkit, and (4) Alisya Feelings Toolkit. Then (5) exploratory sessions were conducted to learn about children's reactions to using the tool. Finally, (6) the tool was validated with older children in Malaysia. The final Feelings Toolkit was produced and was evaluated by very young children in kindergarten and at home.The Feelings Toolkit is an efficacious tool to be used with computer and non-computer products. It can be used by parents at home, children's product designers and developers in the office or school, technology manufacturers in the factory, child psychologists in the clinic or school, and children's trainers or facilitators in the camp or school. The tool can be utilized by teachers during teaching and learning activities too. It is recommended to use the Feelings Toolkit as an addition to interviews and observation, not as a replacement.
Date of Award1 Oct 2011
LanguageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • University Of Strathclyde
SponsorsMALAYSIAN GOVERNMENT
SupervisorIan Ruthven (Supervisor)

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