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Impact of Mediated Intimate Interaction on Education: A Huggable Communication Medium that Encourages Listening.

Nakanishi J, Sumioka H, Ishiguro H - Front Psychol (2016)

Bottom Line: Three case studies are presented on storytime fieldwork for children using our huggable communication medium called Hugvie, through which children are encouraged to concentrate on listening by intimate interaction between children and storytellers.Our results suggest that Hugvie increased the number of children who concentrated on listening to a story and was welcomed by almost all the children and educators.We also discuss improvement and research issues to introduce huggable communication media into classrooms, potential applications, and their contributions to other education situations through improved listening.

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Affiliation: Intelligent Robotics Laboratory, Graduated School of Engineering Science, Osaka UniversityToyonaka, Japan; Hiroshi Ishiguro Laboratory, Advanced Telecommunication Research Institute InternationalKyoto, Japan.

ABSTRACT
In this paper, we propose the introduction of human-like communication media as a proxy for teachers to support the listening of children in school education. Three case studies are presented on storytime fieldwork for children using our huggable communication medium called Hugvie, through which children are encouraged to concentrate on listening by intimate interaction between children and storytellers. We investigate the effect of Hugvie on children's listening and how they and their teachers react to it through observations and interviews. Our results suggest that Hugvie increased the number of children who concentrated on listening to a story and was welcomed by almost all the children and educators. We also discuss improvement and research issues to introduce huggable communication media into classrooms, potential applications, and their contributions to other education situations through improved listening.

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Two listening behaviors.
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Mentions: We did find one negative aspect of storytime with Hugvie with respect to body posture from recorded movies. As the storytime continued, a few children showed incorrect postures, although they were correctly holding Hugvie at the beginning of the storytime: leaning on or lying astride it. While 83% held Hugvie as instructed by the experimenter, 10% leaned on Hugvie and 7% lay astride it (Figure 7). This might be a problem for its introduction into school education because posture is important for health management related to physical development and visual loss (Kratěnová et al., 2007). Therefore, we need to improve Hugvie to prompt children to maintain good posture. Our observation suggests that its softness caused bad posture. Since Hugvie is easy to bend and fold, children sitting on the ground tended to bend their backs and lie on Hugvie.


Impact of Mediated Intimate Interaction on Education: A Huggable Communication Medium that Encourages Listening.

Nakanishi J, Sumioka H, Ishiguro H - Front Psychol (2016)

Two listening behaviors.
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Figure 7: Two listening behaviors.
Mentions: We did find one negative aspect of storytime with Hugvie with respect to body posture from recorded movies. As the storytime continued, a few children showed incorrect postures, although they were correctly holding Hugvie at the beginning of the storytime: leaning on or lying astride it. While 83% held Hugvie as instructed by the experimenter, 10% leaned on Hugvie and 7% lay astride it (Figure 7). This might be a problem for its introduction into school education because posture is important for health management related to physical development and visual loss (Kratěnová et al., 2007). Therefore, we need to improve Hugvie to prompt children to maintain good posture. Our observation suggests that its softness caused bad posture. Since Hugvie is easy to bend and fold, children sitting on the ground tended to bend their backs and lie on Hugvie.

Bottom Line: Three case studies are presented on storytime fieldwork for children using our huggable communication medium called Hugvie, through which children are encouraged to concentrate on listening by intimate interaction between children and storytellers.Our results suggest that Hugvie increased the number of children who concentrated on listening to a story and was welcomed by almost all the children and educators.We also discuss improvement and research issues to introduce huggable communication media into classrooms, potential applications, and their contributions to other education situations through improved listening.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Intelligent Robotics Laboratory, Graduated School of Engineering Science, Osaka UniversityToyonaka, Japan; Hiroshi Ishiguro Laboratory, Advanced Telecommunication Research Institute InternationalKyoto, Japan.

ABSTRACT
In this paper, we propose the introduction of human-like communication media as a proxy for teachers to support the listening of children in school education. Three case studies are presented on storytime fieldwork for children using our huggable communication medium called Hugvie, through which children are encouraged to concentrate on listening by intimate interaction between children and storytellers. We investigate the effect of Hugvie on children's listening and how they and their teachers react to it through observations and interviews. Our results suggest that Hugvie increased the number of children who concentrated on listening to a story and was welcomed by almost all the children and educators. We also discuss improvement and research issues to introduce huggable communication media into classrooms, potential applications, and their contributions to other education situations through improved listening.

No MeSH data available.