Factors influencing skilled use of the computer mouse by school-aged children

Lane, Alison E. and Ziviani, Jenny M. (2010) Factors influencing skilled use of the computer mouse by school-aged children. Computers and Education, 55 3: 1112-1122. doi:10.1016/j.compedu.2010.05.008

Author Lane, Alison E.
Ziviani, Jenny M.
Title Factors influencing skilled use of the computer mouse by school-aged children
Journal name Computers and Education   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0360-1315
Publication date 2010-11
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.compedu.2010.05.008
Volume 55
Issue 3
Start page 1112
End page 1122
Total pages 11
Place of publication Kidlington, United Kingdom
Publisher Pergamon
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Subject C1
11 Medical and Health Sciences
Abstract Effective use of computers in education for children requires consideration of individual and developmental characteristics of users. There is limited empirical evidence, however, to guide educational programming when it comes to children and their acquisition of computing skills. This paper reports on the influence of previous experience and visual-motor coordination ability on computer mouse speed, accuracy and fluency of 221 five to ten year old children controlling for age and gender. Findings suggest that while speed and accuracy of mouse performance improves, as expected, with age and visual-motor proficiency, fluency appears to be influenced by task conditions and engagement. Findings are interpreted in the context of motor learning to assist in understanding the developmental pre-requisites of skilled mouse use and subsequent implications for educational programming. © 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Keyword Human-computer interface
Media in education
Teaching/learning strategies
10 year old children
11 year old children
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2011 Collection
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