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Considerations and Methods for Usability Testing with Children

  • Malene Hjortboe Andersen
  • Md. Saifuddin Khalid
  • Eva Irene Brooks
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering book series (LNICST, volume 196)

Abstract

In this paper, the authors draw on methods used in the field of interaction design, emphasizing a user-centred design approach including methods such as usability testing, design metaphors, interview with users, video observations, focus groups, and think aloud sessions. However, a challenge of these methods is that they are designed for adults and are not necessarily appropriate to investigations including children. The guiding questions for this systematic literature review are (1) the motivation for conducting usability tests with children, and (2) the kind of methodological, practical, and ethical considerations that should be considered when involving children in usability studies. Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) checklist and PRISMA flow diagram are applied in order to assure the quality of the process of this investigation. Nine articles are analyzed and then synthesized by applying the constant comparative method. The synthesis of the literature review is based on the identified thematic priorities, which are categorized as follows: (1) the motivation for involving children as test persons in design processes, (2) definitions of usability, (3) practical considerations, (4) methodological considerations, and (5) ethical considerations.

Keywords

Child-computer interaction Usability testing Usability evaluation Usability testing methods 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Malene Hjortboe Andersen
    • 1
  • Md. Saifuddin Khalid
    • 1
  • Eva Irene Brooks
    • 1
  1. 1.Department and Learning and Philosophy, Faculty of HumanitiesAalborg UniversityAalborgDenmark

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