Actions speak loudly with words: Unpacking collaboration around the table

Rowanne Fleck*, Yvonne Rogers, Nicola Yuill, Paul Marshall, Amanda Carr, Jochen Rick, Victoria Bonnett

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

The potential of tabletops to enable groups of people to simultaneously touch and manipulate a shared tabletop interface provides new possibilities for supporting collaborative learning. However, findings from the few studies carried out to date have tended to show small or insignificant effects compared with other technologies. We present the Collaborative Learning Mechanisms framework used to examine the coupling of verbal interactions and physical actions in collaboration around the tabletop and reveal subtle mechanisms at play. Analysis in this way revealed that what might be considered undesirable or harmful interactions and intrusions in general collaborative settings, might be beneficial for collaborative learning. We discuss the implications of these findings for how tabletops may be used to support children's collaboration, and the value of considering verbal and physical aspects of interaction together in this way.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationITS 2009 - The ACM International Conference on Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces, Proceedings
Pages189-196
Number of pages8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2009
Event4th ACM International Conference on Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces, ITS 2009 - Banff, AB, Canada
Duration: 23 Nov 200925 Nov 2009

Conference

Conference4th ACM International Conference on Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces, ITS 2009
CountryCanada
CityBanff, AB
Period23/11/0925/11/09

Keywords

  • Children
  • Collaborative learning
  • Framework
  • User studies

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