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Transferring Teaching to Testing – an Unexplored Aspect of Teachable Agents

Sjödén, Björn LU ; Tärning, Betty LU ; Pareto, Lena and Gulz, Agneta LU (2011) The 15th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Education In AIED 2011 LNAI 6738 p.337-344
Abstract
The present study examined whether socio-motivational effects from working with a Teachable Agent (TA) might transfer from the formative learning phase to a summative test situation. Forty-nine students (9-10 years old) performed a digital pretest of math skills, then played a TA-based educational math game in school over a period of eight weeks. Thereafter, the students were divided into two groups, matched according to their pretest scores, and randomly assigned one of two posttest conditions: either with the TA present, or without the TA. Results showed that low-performers on the pretest improved significantly more on the posttest than did high-performers, but only when tested with the TA. We reason that low-performers might be more... (More)
The present study examined whether socio-motivational effects from working with a Teachable Agent (TA) might transfer from the formative learning phase to a summative test situation. Forty-nine students (9-10 years old) performed a digital pretest of math skills, then played a TA-based educational math game in school over a period of eight weeks. Thereafter, the students were divided into two groups, matched according to their pretest scores, and randomly assigned one of two posttest conditions: either with the TA present, or without the TA. Results showed that low-performers on the pretest improved significantly more on the posttest than did high-performers, but only when tested with the TA. We reason that low-performers might be more susceptible to a supportive social context – as provided by their TA – for performing well in a test situation. (Less)
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learning-by-teaching, teachable agent, assessment, transfer
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AIED 2011 LNAI 6738
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Biswas, Gautam; Bull, Susan; and
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8 pages
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Springer
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The 15th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Education
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Cognition, Communication and Learning
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  abstract     = {The present study examined whether socio-motivational effects from working with a Teachable Agent (TA) might transfer from the formative learning phase to a summative test situation. Forty-nine students (9-10 years old) performed a digital pretest of math skills, then played a TA-based educational math game in school over a period of eight weeks. Thereafter, the students were divided into two groups, matched according to their pretest scores, and randomly assigned one of two posttest conditions: either with the TA present, or without the TA. Results showed that low-performers on the pretest improved significantly more on the posttest than did high-performers, but only when tested with the TA. We reason that low-performers might be more susceptible to a supportive social context – as provided by their TA – for performing well in a test situation.},
  author       = {Sjödén, Björn and Tärning, Betty and Pareto, Lena and Gulz, Agneta},
  booktitle    = {AIED 2011 LNAI 6738},
  editor       = {Biswas, Gautam and Bull, Susan},
  keyword      = {learning-by-teaching,teachable agent,assessment,transfer},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {337--344},
  publisher    = {Springer},
  title        = {Transferring Teaching to Testing – an Unexplored Aspect of Teachable Agents},
  year         = {2011},
}