FN#2 :draft#1:Interaction

From: Duane Cleghorn
Submit: Post Field Note
VisitDate: 10/10/96
Date: 16 Oct 1996
Time: 16:35:02
Remote Name: psych106a.ucsc.edu



Marissa age:? female Yesenia age:? female Yesenia's sister(younger)


Marissa was playing the "lion king" on the computer when I sat down. I asked her if she knew how to play, it seemed that she wasn't actually playing but watching the graphics and wanting to play, and she said she and a friend played on her friend's computer after school a lot. I watched her for a while, this was the first time I had seen cd-rom games, and she seemed to know how to move around and push the buttons, but not how to get into the game. I suggested that she click on the pictures in the middle and when she did, there appeared puzzles that she started to put together. She seemed to know how to play the game, but apparently wasn't shown, or even wanted to be shown even though she knew, how to get into the game.


This seems to be an example of the kind of learning that goes on in situations where both the supervisor and the supervised are learning. For example, I didn't know how to operate the game and she didn't know how to get into it. By observation, I was able to learn what she knew, i.e. how to use the mouse to see different aspects of the introduction and eventually how to play the puzzle game, and by interaction, i.e. my suggesting to her about clicking on the pictures inside the frame, she learned how to start the game.


Did she know before I suggested it how to get into the game? She seemed to want to play, and she was doing the same thing over and over before I even said anything, so I don't think that she knew how to play.