EmoForm: capturing children's emotions during design based learning

Feiran Zhang, Panos Markopoulos, Tilde Bekker, Martine A. Schüll, Mpuerto Paule-Ruíz

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Emotions can greatly influence the learning process. This paper presents EmoForm, a lesson based retrospective self-report tool for capturing children's emotion changes over time during Design Based Learning (DBL). So far, emotions have received little attention from the constructivist learning research community (e.g. Maker education, DBL, project based learning). Based on existing approaches for recording emotions and a model of DBL, we constructed EmoForm. We evaluated this instrument during a three month-long DBL project at a local school that involved 30 children aged 13-14. Data from 433 completed forms indicate that children are able to use this instrument to capture emotions associated with DBL experiences they engaged in. Our analysis of this data demonstrates that Emoform can help gain meaningful insights for practitioners and researchers regarding children's experience of learning through design-based projects.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of FabLearn 2019 - 8th Annual Conference on Maker Education
Subtitle of host publicationWhat Role does Maker Education Play in a World with Growing Social and
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4503-6244-3
Publication statusPublished - 9 Mar 2019
EventFL2019, FabLearn 2019 - New York, United States
Duration: 9 Mar 201910 Mar 2019

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series


ConferenceFL2019, FabLearn 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityNew York


  • Children
  • Design Based Learning
  • Emotion
  • Evaluation
  • Learning experience


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