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ERIC Number: EJ986112
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Dec
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0360-1315
We Care about You: Incorporating Pet Characteristics with Educational Agents through Reciprocal Caring Approach
Chen, Zhi-Hong
Computers & Education, v59 n4 p1081-1088 Dec 2012
Although different educational agents have been proposed to facilitate student learning, most of them operate from a "smart" (i.e., intelligent and autonomous) perspective. Recently, a so-called "non-smart" perspective is also attracting increasing interest, and is now regarded as a topic worthwhile of researching. To this end, this study utilizes a reciprocal caring approach for the development of a pet-styled educational agent, named My-Pet, designed to help elementary school students learn Chinese idioms. The effects of the reciprocal caring approach are evaluated in two experiments. The results indicate that the My-Pet system could enhance students' relationship with educational agents, but do not contribute to students' learning achievement and efficiency. Based on these results, some implications on the value aspect of motivation and reflections on the further design of educational agents are discussed. (Contains 3 figures and 6 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: China