Paper Ladder: A Rating Scale to Collect Children's Opinion in User Studies
Cristina Sylla, Ahmed Sabbir Arif , Elena Márquez Segura, & Eva Irene Brooks
Paper Ladder is a low-cost, light-weight, and paper-based variant of the Sticky Ladder rating scale (Airey et al., 2002) to collect children's preference in user studies. This paper version revamps the original, effective but arguably impractical evaluation method by making it more accessible to researchers.
We conducted a longitudinal pilot study, where 45 second-grade students (on average, 7 years old) used Paper Ladder to rate their preference of different types of correctness feedback in a math app for touchscreen tablets (Figure 1). Results suggested that it could be a valuable instrument for conducting user studies with young children. Read the following extended abstract and watch the video for further details.
Cristina Sylla, Ahmed Sabbir Arif, Elena Márquez Segura, Eva Irene Brooks. 2017. Paper Ladder: A Rating Scale to Collect Children's Opinion in User Studies. In Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Human Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services (MobileHCI '17). ACM, New York, NY, USA, to appear. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/3098279.3122139
Currently, in progress.
- The complete evaluation set ZIP
- Paper cutout of the items to be evaluated (the DOCX file enables drag & drop) PDF DOCX
- Unnumbered ladder representing a five-point scale PDF DOCX
- Numbered ladder representing a five-point scale PDF DOCX
- Unnumbered ladder representing a seven-point scale PDF DOCX
- Numbered ladder representing a seven-point scale PDF DOCX
- Sharon Airey, Lydia Plowman, Daniel Connolly, and Rosemary Luckin. 2002. Rating children's enjoyment of toys, games and media. In Proceedings of the 3rd World Congress of the International Toy Research Association on Toys, Games and Media, London.