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ERIC Number: EJ1126852
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1929-7750
Language and Discourse Analysis with Coh-Metrix: Applications from Educational Material to Learning Environments at Scale
Dowell, Nia M. M.; Graesser, Arthur C.; Cai, Zhiqiang
Journal of Learning Analytics, v3 n3 p72-95 2016
The goal of this article is to preserve and distribute the information presented at the LASI (2014) workshop on Coh-Metrix, a theoretically grounded, computational linguistics facility that analyzes texts on multiple levels of language and discourse. The workshop focused on the utility of Coh-Metrix in discourse theory and educational practice. We discuss some of the motivating factors that led to the development of Coh-Metrix, situated within the context of multilevel theoretical frameworks of discourse comprehension and learning. A review of published studies will highlight the applications of Coh-Metrix, ranging from the scaling and selection of educational material to learning environments at scale. The examples illustrate the relationship between discourse and cognitive, affective, and social processes. We walk through the pedagogical guidelines that should be followed when analyzing texts using Coh-Metrix. Finally, we conclude the paper with a general discussion of the future directions for Coh-Metrix including methodological and practical implications for the learning analytics (LA) and educational data mining (EDM) community.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF); Institute of Education Sciences (ED); US Air Force (DOD), Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR)
Authoring Institution: N/A
IES Funded: Yes
Grant or Contract Numbers: BCS0904909; DRK120918409; R305G020018; R305A080589; FA9550140308