Development of Software that Supports Young Children's Narrative Productions

  • SATO Tomomi
    Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies, The University of Tokyo

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  • 幼児の物語行為を支援するソフトウェアの開発
  • ヨウジ ノ モノガタリ コウイ オ シエンスル ソフトウェア ノ カイハツ

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In this research, I develop a Tablet PC software to support children's narrative skills, which young children start to do actively around the age of five-and-half years old. I intended to stimulate storytelling to increase event categories of protocol and to support causal relation. After reviewing earlier studies about developing process of children's narrative production and about supporting system for storytelling, I considered supporting methods and developed necessary functions. Then, to investigate the effect of this software, I conducted an experiment for comparing story protocol told by five-year-old children. One group used paper crafts, and the other used the system I propose. The result showed that the proposed system stimulate storytelling and increase event categories of protocol of each story. The protocols about the character's mental stage were increased especially by using function to change facial expression. Children could also use causal relation and make easy to understand stories.

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