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ERIC Number: EJ1126937
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 36
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1929-7750
Using Coherence Analysis to Characterize Self-Regulated Learning Behaviours in Open-Ended Learning Environments
Segedy, James R.; Kinnebrew, John S.; Biswas, Gautam
Journal of Learning Analytics, v2 n1 p13-48 2015
Researchers have long recognized the potential benefits of open-ended computer- based learning environments (OELEs) to help students develop self-regulated learning (SRL) behaviours. However, measuring self-regulation in these environments is a difficult task. In this paper, we present our work in developing and evaluating "coherence analysis" (CA), a novel approach to interpreting students' learning behaviours in OELEs. CA focuses on the learner's ability to seek out, interpret, and apply information encountered while working in the OELE. By characterizing behaviours in this manner, CA provides insight into students' open-ended problem-solving strategies as well as the extent to which they understand the nuances of their current learning task. To validate our approach, we applied CA to data from a recent classroom study with "Betty's Brain." Results demonstrated relationships between CA-derived metrics, prior skill levels, task performance, and learning. Taken together, these results provide insight into students' SRL processes and suggest targets for adaptive scaffolds to support students' development of science understanding and open-ended problem-solving skills.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 6; Intermediate Grades; Middle Schools; Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Institute of Education Sciences (ED)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Tennessee
IES Funded: Yes
Grant or Contract Numbers: R305A120186