Mastering the metaphor: empowering the young child for independent computer use

Ellis, Kirsten and Blashki, Katherine 2004, Mastering the metaphor: empowering the young child for independent computer use, AACE Journal, vol. 12, no. 4, pp. 1-8.

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Title Mastering the metaphor: empowering the young child for independent computer use
Author(s) Ellis, Kirsten
Blashki, Katherine
Journal name AACE Journal
Volume number 12
Issue number 4
Start page 1
End page 8
Publisher Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education
Place of publication Norfolk, Va.
Publication date 2004
ISSN 1551-3696
Keyword(s) children
interaction
Summary This paper explores the potential for using metaphors to enable two and three year old children to interact independently with a computer earlier than is traditionally accepted. They need appropriate cognitive skills, the development of which is dependent on the provision of suitable activities; they need adequately developed physical skills to interact with the hardware and necessary knowledge of expected behaviours for interaction. The authors argue that such expectations can be conveyed via the use of metaphors and will employ a purpose-built multimedia product Television Metaphor (TVM) as an example in order to support their discussion. As the TVM software has hitherto demonstrated, age appropriate metaphors using source domains familiar to young children can guide children in the requisite interactions for independent computer use. TVM was created to contextualise theoretical discussions into interface design and to synthesise the ensuing analysis into an applied form.
Language eng
Field of Research 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category C3 Non-refereed articles in a professional journal
Copyright notice ©2004, Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30013085

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