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Effects of Avatars on Children’s Emotion and Motivation in Learning
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, , Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Honolulu, HI, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-73-0 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC

Abstract

The paper describes a pilot study applying the well-referenced OCC cognitive theory of emotions to investigate learners’ emotions while using a learning package designed for young children (6-8 years old). Specifically, the study aims to examine whether the emotional expressions of avatars have an influence on these young children’s emotional responses but no significant observation on improved motivation towards learning. Initial findings with five young children participants showed that they loved avatars and were influenced by avatars’ emotional expressions to their performances. The participants also expressed feelings of satisfaction and fun in their learning interactions with the selected avatar.

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Theng, Y.L. & Paye, A. (2009). Effects of Avatars on Children’s Emotion and Motivation in Learning. In G. Siemens & C. Fulford (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2009--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 927-936). Honolulu, HI, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved October 23, 2019 from .

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