Children As Evaluators: Understanding Emotion Language Acquisition

Varatharaj, Ashvini, Read, Janet C orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-7138-1643, Horton, Matthew Paul leslie orcid iconORCID: 0000-0003-2932-2233, Lochrie, Mark orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-7909-8455 and Brehm, Laurel (2024) Children As Evaluators: Understanding Emotion Language Acquisition. In: 23rd Annual ACM Interaction Design and Children Conference, 17-20 June 2024, Delft, Netherlands.

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This paper introduces a novel approach in the Child-Computer Interaction (CCI) field that examines how children’s feedback on experimental stimuli can enhance research design, using emotion research as a case study. Our study utilizes interactive vignettes where children act as ’emotion detectives’, providing insights into their emotional articulation, followed by elicited feedback on the stimuli and research process. This method refines emotional vocabulary elicitation techniques and empowers children by incorporating their perspectives into the experimental design. The core of this research lies in establishing a participatory framework for involving children as evaluators, thereby proposing changes within the realm of experimental methodologies. We hope that this could serve as a tool to researchers studying children using an experimental setup.

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