Children's interaction and expectations in a social game environment

Inal Y., Karakus T., Cagitay K.

6th WSEAS International Conference on Education and Educational Technology, Venice, Italy, 21 - 23 November 2007, pp.181-182 identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
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  • City: Venice
  • Country: Italy
  • Page Numbers: pp.181-182
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: Yes


The purpose of this study is to examine children's expectations from games and their interaction patterns while playing computer games. 52 children ages from 8 to 14 participated to the study. Children were allowed to play computer games according to their preferences and interact with each other in a social gaming environment. Data were collected by observing children and taking notes to capture their interaction patterns. Also semi-structured interviews were conducted to examine their expectations from computer games that they had played. Results of the study showed that students mostly interact while learning a new game, providing strategy to their peers and promoting their success. Gender has effect on preference and expectations of games.