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Testing with kids – differences to adults. Ben Weedon & Mark Brady. 1. Age range is not the same as intelligence. 8 – 12 encompasses a range of developmental changes 8 year olds can be more articulate than 12 year olds A lot of the following are just guidelines

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Testing with kids differences to adults

Testing with kids – differences to adults

Ben Weedon & Mark Brady


1 age range is not the same as intelligence

1. Age range is not the same as intelligence

  • 8 – 12 encompasses a range of developmental changes

  • 8 year olds can be more articulate than 12 year olds

  • A lot of the following are just guidelines

    • No hard and fast rules in this age group


2 attention spans are naturally shorter

2. Attention spans are naturally shorter

  • 90 min max for 8 – 10

  • Any longer and it’s hard to distinguish between boredom and general fatigue


3 kids are more willing to please

3. Kids are more willing to please

  • They can be overwhelmed by the situation

    • It’s cool

    • They’re in a lab

    • They’re testing a game!

    • Sometimes I get a little overwhelmed

  • If you ask them a question, they may want to keep you happy.


4 kids find it harder to mask their behaviour

4. Kids find it harder to mask their behaviour

  • Keep your eyes on their body language

  • It’s a great way of understanding what they really think

  • Record everything


5 group structure has an effect on them

5. Group structure has an effect on them

  • Friendship pairs on their own can lead to some great insightful dialogue

  • Friendship pairs in larger groups can lead to cliques and competition

    • Although good for online trading games

  • Individuals in groups >= 6 can work well

    • They get their heads down

    • But over a longer period of time can start to chat, confer, swap tips

    • With larger groups, need more moderators – toilet breaks, drinks, etc.

    • Individuals on their own is difficult

      • It can be overwhelming, and they can be shy


6 need to maintain an air of discipline

6. Need to maintain an air of discipline

  • But at the same time, keep them relaxed

  • And treat them like adults

    • A lot of the time, they really want to help

  • Good to work with parents throughout

    • Explain what’s expected of them throughout with parents there


7 questionnaires often need support

7. Questionnaires often need support

  • Working with parents

    • Ask parents to come into the lab at the start and the end

    • Helps keep parents relaxed

    • Helps kids to answer questions


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