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Content Analysis of Mobile Device Applications for Artistic Creation for Children between 4 and 12 Years of Age

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Department of Special Didactics, Faculty of Education and Sport Sciences, University of Vigo, 36310 Vigo, Spain
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Research Group on Education, Physical Activity, and Health (GIES10), Galicia Sur Research Institute (IIS Galicia Sur), SERGAS-UVIGO, 36312 Vigo, Spain
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Department of Didactics, Faculty of Education and Sport Sciences, School Organization and Research Methods, University of Vigo, 36310 Vigo, Spain
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Academic Editors: Jenny Pange and Valentino Santucci
Appl. Sci. 2021, 11(23), 11327; https://doi.org/10.3390/app112311327
Received: 20 October 2021 / Revised: 1 November 2021 / Accepted: 24 November 2021 / Published: 30 November 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue ICT and Statistics in Education)
This article presents the results of the content analysis of 32 painting and drawing mobile applications aimed at children between 4 and 12 years old. The characteristics of the artistic dimension were studied, such as the possibilities of drawing, color, and experimentation, as well as the characteristics of the technical dimension related to the visual design of the interface, usability, and adaptability to users. The results collected show that mobile apps offer tools that have great potential for artistic and creative development, but also reveal certain limitations and problems in the quality of the graphic tools and interface design. One of the central problems of the interfaces of these apps is related to decontextualization and the lack of attention to the diversity and the heterogeneity of users in that age group. View Full-Text
Keywords: educational apps; mobile devices; content analysis; arts; ubiquitous learning educational apps; mobile devices; content analysis; arts; ubiquitous learning
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Domínguez-Lloria, S.; Martínez López de Castro, R.; Fernández-Aguayo, S.; Pino-Juste, M. Content Analysis of Mobile Device Applications for Artistic Creation for Children between 4 and 12 Years of Age. Appl. Sci. 2021, 11, 11327. https://doi.org/10.3390/app112311327

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Domínguez-Lloria S, Martínez López de Castro R, Fernández-Aguayo S, Pino-Juste M. Content Analysis of Mobile Device Applications for Artistic Creation for Children between 4 and 12 Years of Age. Applied Sciences. 2021; 11(23):11327. https://doi.org/10.3390/app112311327

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Domínguez-Lloria, Sara, Rut Martínez López de Castro, Sara Fernández-Aguayo, and Margarita Pino-Juste. 2021. "Content Analysis of Mobile Device Applications for Artistic Creation for Children between 4 and 12 Years of Age" Applied Sciences 11, no. 23: 11327. https://doi.org/10.3390/app112311327

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