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Organized Chaos!: Untangling multigenerational group interactions in a gamified science center.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Informatics and Media, Human-Computer Interaction.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This inductive study investigates interactions within groups of visitors during a science center visit. Using simplified interaction analysis of recorded videos; I explore the group dynamics in terms of what determines who takes the lead while multigenerational groups interact with different types of experiments. From the observations, I suggest that the age of different group members and specific design aspects of the experiments play the most important roles in the emergence of leadership. Teenagers in a group tend to take the leadership and dominate during a group interaction, while young children like to explore freely leading the group from one experiment to the next without focusing on finishing them properly. As for the design aspects, if an experiment requires cognitive skills then adults and teenagers take the lead but if an experiment requires physical skills and provides immediate feedback then young children take the lead. I also suggest, instead of guiding the young children in the group, adults tend to become observers during engagements. This study will be useful for researchers and interaction designers who are focusing their work on the behavior of multigenerational groups in science center or museum settings.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 38 p.
Keyword [en]
Interaction Analysis, Human Computer Interaction, Interaction Design, Interactive Spaces
National Category
Interaction Technologies Human Aspects of ICT
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-263555OAI: diva2:858653
Subject / course
Human-Computer Interaction
Educational program
Master Programme in Human-Computer Interaction
Available from: 2015-10-05 Created: 2015-10-02 Last updated: 2015-10-05Bibliographically approved

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