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Pedagogical Agents: Pedagogical Interventions via Integration of Task-oriented and Socially Oriented Conversation
Linköping University, Department of Computer and Information Science, NLPLAB - Natural Language Processing Laboratory. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
Lund University, Sweden. (Educational Technology Group)
University West, Sweden.
Lund University, Sweden. (Educational Technology Group)
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2011 (English)In: The Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association New Orleans,  2011, 2011Conference paper, Presentation (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The paper discusses the motivation for and outcome of the addition of socially oriented so called “off-task” conversational abilities to an existing “teachable agent” (TA) in an educational mathematics game. The purpose of the extension is to affect constructs known to promote learning, such as self-efficacy and engagement, as well as enhancing students’ experiences of the game. A comparison of students that played the educational game with the off-task interaction included to those who played without it, indicate that the former had a more positive experience of the game, and that they also learnt more in the sense of teaching their TA better. The potential for pedagogical interventions in this and similar systems is discussed as well as differences found between high- and low-achievers.

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off-task conversaton, on-task conversation, achievement, self-efficay, learning, engagement
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Educational Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-80316OAI: diva2:546490
American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting: "Inciting the Social Imagination: Education Research for the Public Good", April 8-12, 2011, New Orleans
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Available from: 2012-08-23 Created: 2012-08-23 Last updated: 2012-08-31

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