Symbolic Relations in Collaborative Coding: How Children and Parents Map across Symbol Systems while Coding Robots

Naomi Polinsky*, Brian Andrus, Michael Horn, David Uttal

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Abstract

This paper explores how parents and children collaborate during a playful computational activity with a codable robot. We conducted interaction analysis of moments from two cases in which a parent and their daughter worked together to choose and input numerical values in their codes that would send the robot in a desired direction. Our analyses reveal how parents and children decide on this value through a process of mapping across symbol systems. We suggest that a shared understanding of these symbols' meaning is critical for the mapping process, and that the process is impacted by the affordances of the representational tools the pair employs. The paper concludes with a discussion of design implications for supporting parent-child collaboration during play with a codable robot.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of Interaction Design and Children, IDC 2021
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages294-304
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781450384520
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 24 2021
Event2021 ACM Interaction Design and Children, IDC 2021 - Virtual, Online, Greece
Duration: Jun 24 2021Jun 30 2021

Publication series

NameProceedings of Interaction Design and Children, IDC 2021

Conference

Conference2021 ACM Interaction Design and Children, IDC 2021
Country/TerritoryGreece
CityVirtual, Online
Period6/24/216/30/21

Keywords

  • codable robots
  • interaction analysis
  • multimodality
  • parents and children
  • symbol systems

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Education
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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