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Transferring Teaching to Testing – an Unexplored Aspect of Teachable Agents
Lund University Cognitive Science. (Educational Technology Group)
Lund University Cognitive Science. (Educational Technology Group)
Media Production and Informatics Departments, University West, Sweden.
Lund University Cognitive Science. (Educational Technology Group)
2011 (English)In: Artificial Intelligence in Education: 15th International Conference, AIED 2011, Auckland, New Zealand, June 28 – July 2011 / [ed] Gautam Biswas, Susan Bull, Judy Kay and Antonija Mitrovic, Springer Berlin/Heidelberg, 2011, 337-344 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The present study examined whether socio-motivational effects from working with a Teachable Agent (TA) might transfer from the formative learning phase to a summative test situation. Forty-nine students (9-10 years old) performed a digital pretest of math skills, then played a TA-based educational math game in school over a period of eight weeks. Thereafter, the students were divided into two groups, matched according to their pretest scores, and randomly assigned one of two posttest conditions: either with the TA present, or without the TA. Results showed that low-performers on the pretest improved significantly more on the posttest than did high-performers, but only when tested with the TA. We reason that low-performers might be more susceptible to a supportive social context – as provided by their TA – for performing well in a test situation.

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Springer Berlin/Heidelberg, 2011. 337-344 p.
Lecture Notes in Computer Science, ISSN 0302-9743 (print), 1611-3349 (online) ; 6738
Keyword [en]
Learning-by-teaching, teachable agent, assessment, transfer
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Educational Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-80335DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-21869-9_44ISBN: 978-3-642-21868-2ISBN: e-978-3-642-21869-9OAI: diva2:546527
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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