Supporting Self-Explanation in an Open-Ended Domain

  • Amali Weerasinghe
  • Antonija Mitrovic
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3213)


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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