Supporting Self-Explanation in an Open-Ended Domain

  • Amali Weerasinghe
  • Antonija Mitrovic
Conference paper

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-540-30132-5_45

Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3213)
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Weerasinghe A., Mitrovic A. (2004) Supporting Self-Explanation in an Open-Ended Domain. In: Negoita M.G., Howlett R.J., Jain L.C. (eds) Knowledge-Based Intelligent Information and Engineering Systems. KES 2004. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 3213. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg

Abstract

Self-explanation has been used successfully in teaching Mathematics and Physics to facilitate deep learning. We are interested in investigating whether self-explanation can be used in an open-ended, ill-structured domain. For this purpose, we enhanced KERMIT, an intelligent tutoring system that teaches conceptual database design. The resulting system, KERMIT-SE, supports self-explanation by engaging students in tutorial dialogues when their solutions are erroneous. The results of an evaluation study indicate that self-explanation leads to improved performance in both conceptual and procedural knowledge.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Amali Weerasinghe
    • 1
  • Antonija Mitrovic
    • 1
  1. 1.Intelligent Computer Tutoring Group, Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of Canterbury Private BagChristchurchNew Zealand

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