International Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling

ICIDS 2013: Interactive Storytelling pp 144-155

Performative Authoring: Nurturing Storytelling in Children through Imaginative Enactment

  • Sharon Lynn Chu
  • Francis Quek
  • Joshua Tanenbaum
Conference paper

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-02756-2_18

Volume 8230 of the book series Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS)
Cite this paper as:
Chu S.L., Quek F., Tanenbaum J. (2013) Performative Authoring: Nurturing Storytelling in Children through Imaginative Enactment. In: Koenitz H., Sezen T.I., Ferri G., Haahr M., Sezen D., C̨atak G. (eds) Interactive Storytelling. ICIDS 2013. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 8230. Springer, Cham

Abstract

This paper presents an empirical study that provides support for the use of enactment in storytelling systems. The overall goal of our research is to facilitate the authoring of stories by children, aged 8 to 10 years. Our findings show that story enactment results in positive effects on the child‘s storytelling, but only through the mediation of imagination during enactment. Only imaginative enactments support better storytelling. Based on our results, we make a case for enactment as an effective motivator, interface and cognitive tool for children going through a period of development called the Fourth-grade Slump, and we propose the concept of performative authoring for the design of interactive storytelling systems for children.

Keywords

Storytelling Imagination Enactment Children Creativity 

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  • Sharon Lynn Chu
    • 1
  • Francis Quek
    • 1
  • Joshua Tanenbaum
    • 2
  1. 1.Texas A&M UniversityUSA
  2. 2.Simon Fraser UniversityCanada