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Experiences in Ethical Usability Testing with Children

Experiences in Ethical Usability Testing with Children
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Author(s): Kirsten Ellis (Monash University, Australia), Marian Quigley (Monash University, Australia) and Mark Power (Monash University, Australia)
Copyright: 2007
Pages: 4
Source title: Managing Worldwide Operations and Communications with Information Technology
Source Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-929-8.ch119
ISBN13: 9781599049298
EISBN13: 9781466665378

Abstract

This paper describes the issues in conducting ethical usability testing with children including experiences in developing and testing sign language software on Kindergarten, Preparatory Grade and Grades Five and Six children in Australian schools. It considers the unique requirement of researching with children and the process of gaining university approval to conduct research with children. It discusses the difficulties in gaining informed consent from teachers, parents and children, protection of the research subject from harm and the difficulty in empowering children to instigate their right to refuse to participate in the research project. The article also discusses practical issues such as age appropriate practice, the duration of testing and recruitment of participants. Each issue is discussed from a theoretical perspective and an example is given from a recent research project Auslan Children.

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