Mise-en-scène: Playful interactive mechanics to enhance children's digital books

Al Aamri, F and Greuter, S 2015, 'Mise-en-scène: Playful interactive mechanics to enhance children's digital books' in Henrik Schoenau-Fog, Luis Emilio Bruni, Sandy Louchart, Sarune Baceviciute (ed.) Interactive Storytelling, Springer, Switzerland, pp. 211-222.


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Collection: Book Chapters

Title Mise-en-scène: Playful interactive mechanics to enhance children's digital books
Author(s) Al Aamri, F
Greuter, S
Year 2015
Title of book Interactive Storytelling
Publisher Springer
Place of publication Switzerland
Editor(s) Henrik Schoenau-Fog, Luis Emilio Bruni, Sandy Louchart, Sarune Baceviciute
Start page 211
End page 222
Subjects Computer Gaming and Animation
Summary The inclusion of interactive content has become commonplace in many reading applications for children. Yet a growing body of research suggests that the inclusion of interactive content may distract children from the actual content of the story. Models are used to effectively integrate interactive content into reading applications to support a child's understanding of the story. This paper discusses the design of an interactive application for Omani children called Trees of Tales, including its use of a mise-en-scène inspired game mechanic to facilitate playful and meaningful engagement with the story. A trial of n = 18 Omani primary school students was used to determine the impact of the design on the intrinsic motivation and engagement in comparison with printed storybooks and e-books with limited interactivity. The findings suggest that Trees of Tales improves children's motivation to read. There was also evidence that the application enhances reading engagement of female children in particular.
Copyright notice © Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015
Keyword(s) Interactive reading application
Trees of Tales
Children's e-books
Arabic children
Omani children
Intrinsic reading motivation
Reading for pleasure
Digital books Mise-en-scène
DOI - identifier 10.1007/978-3-319-27036-4_20
ISBN 9783319270357
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