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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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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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