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ERIC Number: ED299134
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986
Reference Count: N/A
Intelligent Tutoring Systems for Scientific Inquiry Skills.
Shute, Valerie; Bonar, Jeffrey
Described are the initial prototypes of several intelligent tutoring systems designed to build students' scientific inquiry skills. These inquiry skills are taught in the context of acquiring knowledge of principles from a microworld that models a specific domain. This paper discusses microworlds that have been implemented for microeconomics, electricity, and light refraction. All of the systems are highly interactive; students can pose questions, conduct experiments by manipulating domain specific factors, and record results. Important inquiry strategies were identified using protocol studies of expert and non-expert learners. These strategies are formally represented. The paper also describes a partially implemented "inquiry coach." This coach will be incorporated into the microworlds and teach the inquiry strategies in the context of the specific miroworld domain knowledge. (Author/CW)
Descriptors: Cognitive Development, College Science, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Uses in Education, Higher Education, Inquiry, Learning Processes, Learning Strategies, Programed Instructional Materials, Programed Tutoring, Research Methodology, Science Education, Secondary Education, Secondary School Science
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Pittsburgh Univ., PA. Learning Research and Development Center.
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