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ERIC Number: ED560560
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jun
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 19
Choosing to Interact: Exploring the Relationship between Learner Personality, Attitudes, and Tutorial Dialogue Participation
Ezen-Can, Aysu; Boyer, Kristy Elizabeth
International Educational Data Mining Society, Paper presented at the International Conference on Educational Data Mining (EDM) (8th, Madrid, Spain, Jun 26-29, 2015)
The tremendous effectiveness of intelligent tutoring systems is due in large part to their interactivity. However, when learners are free to choose the extent to which they interact with a tutoring system, not all learners do so actively. This paper examines a study with a natural language tutorial dialogue system for computer science, in which students interacted with the JavaTutor system through natural language dialogue over the course of problem solving. We explore the relationship between students' level of dialogue interaction and learner characteristics including personality profile and pre-existing attitudes toward the learning task. The results show that these learner characteristics are significant predictors of the extent to which students engage in dialogue with the tutoring system, as well as the number of task actions students make. By identifying students who may not engage with tutoring systems as readily, this work constitutes a step toward building adaptive systems that successfully support a variety of students with different attitudes and personalities. [For complete proceedings, see ED560503.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Authoring Institution: International Educational Data Mining Society
Grant or Contract Numbers: IIS-1409639|CNS-1042468