ERIC Number: EJ1076363
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
What Do Learners and Pedagogical Agents Discuss When Given Opportunities for Open-Ended Dialogue?
Veletsianos, George; Russell, Gregory S.
Journal of Educational Computing Research, v48 n3 p381-401 Apr 2013
Researchers claim that pedagogical agents engender opportunities for social learning in digital environments. Prior literature, however, has not thoroughly examined the discourse between agents and learners. To address this gap, we analyzed a data corpus of interactions between agents and learners using open coding methods. Analysis revealed that: (1) conversations between learners and agents included sporadic on-task interactions with limited follow-up; (2) conversations were often playful and lighthearted; (3) learners positioned agents in multiple instructional/social roles; (4) learners utilized numerous strategies for understanding agent responses; (5) learners were interested in agents' relationship status and love interests; and (6) learners asked personal questions to the agent but did not reciprocate to requests to talk about themselves.
Descriptors: Pictorial Stimuli, Simulated Environment, Literature Reviews, Interaction, Interpersonal Communication, Computer Mediated Communication, Cybernetics, Social Influences, Preservice Teachers, Elementary School Teachers, Graduate Students, Technology Uses in Education, Artificial Intelligence, Documentation, Content Analysis, Coding, Role
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