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ERIC Number: EJ794663
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Aug
Pages: 17
Abstractor: Author
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ISSN: ISSN-0360-1315
The Structure of the Help-Seeking Process in Collaboratively Using a Computer Coach in Problem-Based Learning
Mercier, Julien; Frederiksen, Carl
Computers & Education, v51 n1 p17-33 Aug 2008
Research on help seeking with a computer coach providing on-demand help has not produced fully adequate models of the process from a cognitive perspective. The present study postulates a model of help seeking from a cognitive perspective and tests this model in a learning situation characterized as problem-based and computer-supported. The participants were 18 graduate students from the faculty of Education of a Canadian university. Their participation involved solving a complex problem in statistics, in pairs, with the help of a computer coach, the McGill statistics tutor. Analysis of the performance data was performed using directed probability graphs and the log-linear approach. Results show that the model is reflected in the data. Implications for the design of computer coaches and instructional situations are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada