Young children's experience and preference of feedback - Sense and sensibility

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This study explored the effects of adding visual continuous feedback in the form of feedback bars to a teachable-agent based learning game in mathematics. Forty-five (45) children, 8- to 12-years-old, from three Swedish school classes used the game during four math lessons. The focus was on how feedback to the students regarding their teachable agents learning progression - and different detailedness of such feedback - affects how the students (in a teacher role) experience the learning game. The results suggest that students were positive towards receiving immediate and continuous feedback, but their preferences with respect to the detailedness of the feedback differed according to their age. We found a divergence as to the preferred number of bars, where the 3 rd and 5 th graders preferred 1 or 3 bars but where the 2 nd graders preferred the more detailed version (6 bars) despite their lack of understanding of what the different bars represented.


External organisations
  • Halmstad University
  • Linköping University
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Learning


  • Educational technology, Mathematics, Recursive feedback, Teachable agents
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)206-230
Number of pages25
JournalInteraction Design and Architecture(s)
Issue number37
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Publication categoryResearch