Experiences with structured interviewing of children during usability tests

A. Vermeeren, M. M. Bekker, I.E.H. van Kesteren, H. De Ridder

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Abstract

In this paper we describe an exploratory study on the use of a structured interviewing evaluation technique with 6 to 8 year old children. The study examines whether children are able to answer the post-task questions referring to the various interaction stages (planning, translation and assessment), and whether the technique does not lead to adverse effects such as finding a different set of interaction difficulties. The results show that children overall are fairly good at answering the questions, but have most trouble answering the planning question. Furthermore, the negative side-effects of applying the technique on the outcome of the usability test are minor. Overall, we advise practitioners to apply such a technique to uncover extra data about possible causes for interaction difficulties and to optimize the effort by only asking detailed questions about those parts of the design that need extra attention.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPeople and Computers XXI HCI : But Not as We Know It - Proceedings of HCI 2007
Subtitle of host publicationThe 21st British HCI Group Annual Conference
Place of PublicationSwindon
PublisherBritish Computer Society (BCS)
Volume1
ISBN (Print)9781902505947
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2007
Event21st British HCI Group Annual Conference: People and Computers XXI HCI.But Not as We Know It, HCI 2007 - Lancaster, United Kingdom
Duration: 3 Sep 20077 Sep 2007

Conference

Conference21st British HCI Group Annual Conference: People and Computers XXI HCI.But Not as We Know It, HCI 2007
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityLancaster
Period3/09/077/09/07

Keywords

  • Children
  • Usability evaluation methods

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    Vermeeren, A., Bekker, M. M., van Kesteren, I. E. H., & De Ridder, H. (2007). Experiences with structured interviewing of children during usability tests. In People and Computers XXI HCI : But Not as We Know It - Proceedings of HCI 2007: The 21st British HCI Group Annual Conference (Vol. 1). British Computer Society (BCS).