Considering Parents in Coding Kit Design: Understanding Parents' Perspectives and Roles

Junnan Yu, Chenke Bai, Ricarose Roque

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Abstract

As education researchers, policymakers, and industry leaders recognize the importance of computing, many coding kits (toys and apps) have emerged to help young children learn to code at home. However, how parents perceive and support their children's use of the kits at home are less understood. In this study, we performed semi-structured interviews with eighteen parents who obtained coding kits for their young children for home use. The results show parents expected their kids to have fun and meaningful interactions with the kits. In supporting the play, parents took on various roles, mostly acting as spectator, scaffolder, and teacher. While parents perceived benefits of coding kits like a changed perspective on coding, they also reported concerns, such as their limited programming knowledge to provide help. Finally, we reflect on design and research implications to develop coding kits that consider parents' perspectives and important roles in supporting young children's exploration with computational thinking.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI '20: Proceedings of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Pages1-14
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4503-6708-0
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 23 Apr 2020
EventCHI '20: Proceedings of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Honolulu , HI, United States
Duration: 25 Apr 202030 Apr 2020
https://dl.acm.org/doi/proceedings/10.1145/3313831

Conference

ConferenceCHI '20: Proceedings of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Abbreviated titleACM CHI '20
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityHI
Period25/04/2030/04/20
Internet address

Keywords

  • Coding toys and kits
  • educational technology
  • informal learning
  • young children
  • parents’ perspectives
  • parent roles

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human-Computer Interaction

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