Analyzing Discourse and Text Complexity for Learning and Collaborating

A Cognitive Approach Based on Natural Language Processing

  • Mihai Dascălu

Part of the Studies in Computational Intelligence book series (SCI, volume 534)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-14
  2. Mihai Dascalu
    Pages 1-3
  3. Theoretical Aspects

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 5-9
    2. Mihai Dascalu
      Pages 11-28
    3. Mihai Dascalu
      Pages 29-51
    4. Mihai Dascalu
      Pages 53-77
  4. Empirical Studies

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 229-277

About this book


With the advent and increasing popularity of Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) and e-learning technologies, the need of automatic assessment and of teacher/tutor support for the two tightly intertwined activities of comprehension of reading materials and of collaboration among peers has grown significantly. In this context, a polyphonic model of discourse derived from Bakhtin’s work as a paradigm is used for analyzing both general texts and CSCL conversations in a unique framework focused on different facets of textual cohesion.

As specificity of our analysis, the individual learning perspective is focused on the identification of reading strategies and on providing a multi-dimensional textual complexity model, whereas the collaborative learning dimension is centered on the evaluation of participants’ involvement, as well as on collaboration assessment.

Our approach based on advanced Natural Language Processing techniques provides a qualitative estimation of the learning process and enhances understanding as a “mediator of learning” by providing automated feedback to both learners and teachers or tutors. The main benefits are its flexibility, extensibility and nevertheless specificity for covering multiple stages, starting from reading classroom materials, to discussing on specific topics in a collaborative manner, and finishing the feedback loop by verbalizing metacognitive thoughts.


Automatic Assessment of Teacher and Tutor Support Bakhtin’s Dialogism and Polyphony Chats in Social Cognition Collaborative and Individual Learning Computational Discourse Analysis Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) NLP for Learning Personal and Social Knowledge Building Process Textual Complexity

Authors and affiliations

  • Mihai Dascălu
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of Automatic Control and ComputersPolitehnica University of BucharestBucharestRomania

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Engineering Engineering (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-03418-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-03419-5
  • Series Print ISSN 1860-949X
  • Series Online ISSN 1860-9503
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