ERIC Number: ED022382
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-May
Reference Count: N/A
Computer-Assisted Explanation: A Guide to Explaining: And Some Ways of Using a Computer to Assist in Clear Explanation.
Berkeley, Edmund C.
The concept of "explanation" is the focus of this study and of the working computer programs contained in it. The advent of the computer makes it possible to bring to bear on the art of explanation a vast information handling power. In the first sections, a definition of explanation, its differentiation from related subjects, and the more than 50 factors affecting its quality are discussed. A program for vocabulary analysis with a computer is given in conjunction with a discussion of the classes of words used in an explanation. The middle sections deal with revision and improvement of explanation (with examples) using the principles already developed. Finally, a series of computer programs for aiding explanation are given including a "Vocabulary Analysis Program" which has been worked out on Digital Equipment Corporation's PDP-7 computer. The appendices include eight sample explanations and their assessment, a short annotated bibliography, a glossary, and an index. (Author/MT)
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Oriented Programs, Computer Programs, Concept Formation, Structural Analysis, Vocabulary
Clearinghouse for Federal Scientific & Technical Information, Springfield, Va. 22151 (AD-655 915, MF $.65, HC $3.00).
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Naval Research, Washington, DC. Personnel and Training Branch.
Authoring Institution: Information International, Inc., Cambridge, MA.