Performative Authoring: Nurturing Storytelling in Children through Imaginative Enactment Conference Paper uri icon


  • This paper presents an empirical study that provides support for the use of enactment in storytelling systems. The overall goal of our research is to facilitate the authoring of stories by children, aged 8 to 10 years. Our findings show that story enactment results in positive effects on the child's storytelling, but only through the mediation of imagination during enactment. Only imaginative enactments support better storytelling. Based on our results, we make a case for enactment as an effective motivator, interface and cognitive tool for children going through a period of development called the Fourth-grade Slump, and we propose the concept of performative authoring for the design of interactive storytelling systems for children. Springer International Publishing 2013.

published proceedings

  • Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)

altmetric score

  • 1.25

author list (cited authors)

  • Chu, S. L., Quek, F., & Tanenbaum, T. J.

citation count

  • 13

complete list of authors

  • Chu, Sharon Lynn||Quek, Francis||Tanenbaum, Theresa Jean

publication date

  • December 2013