Wearable audio-video recorders as a tool for investigating child play experiences in nature

Bronwyn J. Cumbo, Tuck Wah Leong

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Designing digital technologies that support children in middle childhood (8-12 years) play in nature can instil environmental values that motivate pro-environmental behaviour. However, gathering real-time and situated insights into children's independent play experiences in nature is often challenging as children of this age group are often secretive about their play activities and 'special play places'. Wearable video recorders present an opportunity for overcoming many barriers to understanding children's play experiences. Here we present a study where we provided twelve children (8-11 years) with a wearable video recorder while they played in their special place in nature. We then analysed the data to determine how these devices uniquely contribute to our understanding of the children's play experience. Our analysis found that wearable audio-video recorders provide a unique and rich perspective on children's play from the point of view of the child. The data captured was situated, naturalistic, spatial-temporal, social and visceral.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOzCHI 2015: Being Human
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 27th Australian Computer-Human Interaction Conference
EditorsBernd Ploderer, Marcus Carter, Martin Gibbs, Wally Smith, Frank Vetere
Place of PublicationMelbourne Vic Australia
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)9781450336734
Publication statusPublished - 7 Dec 2015
Externally publishedYes
EventAustralian Computer Human Interaction Conference 2015 - The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 7 Dec 201510 Dec 2015
Conference number: 27th
https://dl.acm.org/doi/proceedings/10.1145/2838739 (Proceedings)


ConferenceAustralian Computer Human Interaction Conference 2015
Abbreviated titleOZCHI 2015
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  • Children
  • Experience
  • Method
  • Nature
  • Wearable audiovisual Recorder

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