How Interface Design and Search Strategy Influence Children’s Search Performance and Evaluation

Hanna Jochmann-Mannak, Leo Lentz, Theo W.C. Huibers, Ted Sanders

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    This chapter presents an experiment with 158 children, aged 10 to 12, in which search performance and attitudes towards an informational Website are investigated. The same Website was designed in 3 different types of interface design varying in playfulness of navigation structure and in playfulness of visual design. The type of interface design did not have an effect on children’s search performance, but it did influence children’s feelings of emotional valence and their evaluation of “goodness.‿ Children felt most positive about the Website with a classical navigation structure and playful aesthetics. They found the playful image map Website least good. More importantly, children’s search performance was much more effective and efficient when using the search engine than when browsing the menu. Furthermore, this chapter explores the challenge of measuring affective responses towards digital interfaces with children by presenting an elaborate evaluation of different methods.
    Original languageUndefined
    Title of host publicationEvaluating Websites and Web Services: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on User Satisfaction
    Place of PublicationHershey, PA, USA
    PublisherIGI Global
    Number of pages47
    ISBN (Print)9781466651296
    Publication statusPublished - Jan 2014

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    PublisherIGI Global


    • IR-90552
    • METIS-304025
    • EWI-24585

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