Technology-assisted coaching : a system for Children's literacy learning
Author(s)Nazare, Juliana Toni.
System for Children's literacy learning
Program in Media Arts and Sciences (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Deb K. Roy.
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Children learn best when knowledgeable adults support their learning process. Yet many learning technologies have not yet incorporated this vital social dimension. In response, we develop a technology-assisted coaching system, where a new adult collaborator--a coach--uses digital tools to support children and their families as they use children's literacy apps. This coaching system blends in-person and digital coaching in order to preserve the relational elements vital to coaching, while harnessing the power of digital technology to make information easily accessible to coaches, children, and families at their convenience. In our system, as children play with literacy apps, every tap and click of their play is streamed to their coach through our digital coaching platform. Using custom-built digital tools, coaches engage in four core coaching practices.They analyze children's in-app activity, scaffold their learning, share progress with caregivers, and invite caregivers to engage in literacy learning experiences with their children. To develop this system, we iteratively designed, built, and evaluated it with approximately a hundred children and their families. We conducted in-depth study of two versions of the system's design through a randomized control trial (RCT) and a formative pilot study. From the RCT, we found that the coaching system increased caregivers' awareness of their children's in-app play and children's playtime with the literacy app. We also found that for families with lower formal education levels, the effect of the coaching system was greater across almost all outcome variables investigated. In both studies, we found coaches were able to use our digital coaching tools to effectively engage in the four core coaching practices, and that these tools helped increase coaches' efficiency.Based on our findings, we discuss changes to the system's design to improve and scale this approach and provide design considerations for building digital coaching systems. Through the creation and in-depth study of a novel sociotechnical system for coaching children's literacy learning, this work contributes to the field of learning technology. We hope this work serves as a helpful guide to designers, developers, and policymakers as they create and scale-up these types of digital networks for children's learning.
Thesis: Ph. D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, School of Architecture and Planning, Program in Media Arts and Sciences, February, 2021Cataloged from the official PDF of thesis.Includes bibliographical references (pages 279-290).
DepartmentProgram in Media Arts and Sciences (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Program in Media Arts and Sciences