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Off-task Engagement in a Teachable Agent based Math Game
Lund University Cognitive Science. (Educational Technology Group)
Department of Design Sciences, Lund University. (Educational Technology Group)
Lund University Cognitive Science. (Educational Technology Group)
2011 (English)In: Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Computers in Education. Chiang Mai, Thailand. / [ed] T. Hirashima et al., 2011Conference paper, Presentation (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

A previous study compared two student groups that played a mathematics game based on a teachable agent. One group played with, and the other without, the inclusion of a social conversation module: a chat between the student and the teachable agent. Results were that students who used the game with the chat included had a more positive experience of the game and learned more in the sense of teaching their agent better. However, patterns dif­fered between sub-groups of students. Low-achievers did not prefer the game with the chat included, whereas high- and mid-achievers did, but simultaneously low-achievers tended to chat more. Low-achievers tended not to use the options of not starting the chat or quitting a chat beforehand as much as high- and mid-achievers did. In this paper we pursue a more de­tailed analysis of the students’ conversational behavior in the chat. The analytic focus is on the notion of engagement. Results point towards differences between the student groups in their engagement in the off-task conversation, that in turn can help explain the previous somewhat paradoxical result.

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Keyword [en]
teachable agent, off-task conversation, natural language dialogue, engagement, low- and high-achievers, quality of conversation, learning
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Educational Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-80323OAI: diva2:546497
19th International Conference on Computers in Education, ICCE 2011, November 28 to December 2, Chiang Mai, Thailand
K2D2-projektet; Kunskap och Kompetens - Digitala Dialoger
Available from: 2012-08-23 Created: 2012-08-23 Last updated: 2012-08-31

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