Robust evaluation for a maturing field: the train the teacher method

Robertson, Judy, Macvean, Andrew and Howland, Katy (2013) Robust evaluation for a maturing field: the train the teacher method. International Journal of Child-Computer Interaction, 1 (2). pp. 50-60. ISSN 2212-8689

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This paper highlights the importance of evaluating educational technology for children in naturalistic classroom contexts. We present the train the teacher method (TTM) which formalizes a method for IDC researchers to use when deploying and validating an educational system. Our key findings indicate the need to work in partnership with classroom teachers, providing both initial training and continued support. This will both result in more valuable research data, and address a gap in teachers’ continued professional development. The TTM aims to ensure that teachers, students, and researchers can benefit from innovative educational systems deployed in real classroom contexts. We believe that the TTM could be adapted to other domains of study within interaction design community.

The paper goes on to argue the more general point that the interaction design and children community should shift emphasis away from technology innovation and towards reporting replicable longitudinal research findings from real-world settings. We discuss possible approaches to achieving this, for example through changes to reviewing criteria and by actively supporting data and source code sharing.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Engineering and Informatics > Informatics
Depositing User: Kate Howland
Date Deposited: 28 Aug 2014 06:32
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2014 06:32
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