ERIC Number: EJ1078256
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Impacts of Pedagogical Agent Gender in an Accessible Learning Environment
Schroeder, Noah L.; Adesope, Olusola O.
Educational Technology & Society, v18 n4 p401-411 2015
Advances in information technologies have resulted in the use of pedagogical agents to facilitate learning. Although several studies have been conducted to examine the effects of pedagogical agents on learning, little is known about gender stereotypes of agents and how those stereotypes influence student learning and attitudes. This study investigates if the pedagogical agent's gender influences cognitive and affective outcomes in learner-attenuated system-paced environments. The findings reveal that the gender of the agent did not produce any statistically significant effects. This indicates that the effects of learning with pedagogical agents may be independent of the agents' gender. The implications for theory and practice are discussed, along with future research directions.
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Student Attitudes, Pacing, Animation, Educational Technology, Multimedia Instruction, Sex Stereotypes, Gender Bias, Statistical Significance, Preservice Teachers, Computers, Questionnaires, Demography, Pretests Posttests
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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