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ERIC Number: EJ927654
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jan
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 51
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0007-1013
Animal Companions: Fostering Children's Effort-Making by Nurturing Virtual Pets
Chen, Zhi-Hong; Liao, Calvin; Chien, Tzu-Chao; Chan, Tak-Wai
British Journal of Educational Technology, v42 n1 p166-180 Jan 2011
Virtual character is a significant application in the research field of technology-enhanced learning. In this study, the concept of animal companions, "non-smart" virtual characters, is proposed as a way to encourage students to promote effort-making learning behaviours. The two underpinning design rationales are first discussed followed by the description of the development of a practical application, the My-Pet v2 system. A preliminary experiment was conducted to examine the system usability in terms of cognitive, affective and time-on-task characteristics. The results reveal that participants in the group using a complete version of My-Pet v2 showed better quality of effort-making learning behaviours. Some implications and future research directions are also discussed. (Contains 7 figures and 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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