The Influences of Children’s Temperament and Their Parent-Child Reading Environment on Their Preferences Regarding Parent-Child Reading

  • Jo-Han ChangEmail author
  • Tien-Ling Yeh
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9741)


Taipei City Government and New Taipei City Government have been actively promoting the project of “one parent-child center per district” to provide parents and children different choices for parent-child reading. Thus, this study aimed to explore the influences of children’s temperament and reading environment on children’s preference regarding parent-child reading, so that care takers can choose the most appropriate reading environment based on children’s preference. A questionnaire survey was conducted in August, 2011 with the subjects being children aged 3 to 7. A total of 119 questionnaires were retrieved. The questionnaire contains three parts: (1) demographic information, (2) children’s temperament scale; and (3) parent-child reading environments and scenarios. After field observation, reading environments were categorized into: (1) home: living room and bedroom; and (2) public space: exclusive reading area, subsidiary reading area, and park. And there were 34 scenarios summarized. These categories were used for further analyses. The analysis results are as below: (1) The children of 6 different types of temperament all preferred a bedroom at home and they loved to sit with their parent on the bed or on the floor. In the aspect of public space, the children preferred the subsidiary reading areas in bookstores or wholesale stores and parks. They loved to sit on a chair and face their parent. (2) Children’s reading environment and scenario would influence their preference regarding parent-child reading. They preferred a reading area or a subsidiary reading area in a public space.


HCI and children Children’s temperament Parent-child reading Reading environment 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Graduate Institute of Innovation and DesignNational Taipei University of TechnologyTaipeiTaiwan
  2. 2.Doctoral Program in Design, College of DesignNational Taipei University of TechnologyTaipeiTaiwan

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