COIL is proud to have supported the Design and Implementation of a Mobile Eye-Tracking System to Assess Parent-Child Interactions in Informal Learning Environments project through our Research Initiation Grant Program.
Developmental and educational scientists are interested in how children, alone or with others, create knowledge as they actively engage with their environments. Traditional methods have relied on children’s self-report or global assessments of behavior. Eyetracking technology, in contrast, can capture detailed patterns of visual attention on the order of milliseconds. Eye-tracking, however, is generally stationary, assessing individuals seated in front of a computer. Recently, mobile eye-tracking has expanded our ability to capture and assess behavior in real-life settings. Unfortunately, all of the commercially available eye-tracking visors have been made for adults and are closedsource, slowing the pace of discovery. This study will design and produce open-source adult and child visors to enhance the research potential of Penn State staff, faculty, and students. We will support methodological advancement by simultaneously capturing a video image of the individual’s field of vision and his or her pattern of eye-gaze, fed into a mobile PC-tablet worn on a backpack. Parent-child pairs will explore informal learning environments on campus, each using the mobile system, providing information on the social and cognitive processes that support learning. The project’s hardware/software and empirical findings will support future grant submissions. The team will also disseminate the technological specification to other Penn State researchers to enhance the research and evaluation conducted by our colleagues.
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