Narrative-Centered Tutorial Planning for Inquiry-Based Learning Environments

  • Bradford W. Mott
  • James C. Lester
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4053)


Recent years have seen growing interest in narrative-centered learning environments. Leveraging the inherent structure of narrative, narrative-centered learning environments offer significant potential for inquiry-based learning in which students actively participate in engaging story-based problem-solving. A key challenge posed by narrative-centered learning is orchestrating all of the events in the unfolding story to motivate students and promote effective learning. In this paper we present a narrative-centered tutorial planning architecture that integrates narrative planning and pedagogical control. The architecture continually constructs and updates narrative plans to support the hypothesis-generation-testing cycles that form the basis for inquiry-based learning. It is being used to implement a prototype narrative-centered inquiry-based learning environment for the domain of microbiology. The planner dynamically balances narrative and pedagogical goals while at the same time satisfying the real-time constraints of highly interactive learning environments.


Planning Space Intelligent Tutor System Plot Element Narrative State Narrative Planner 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bradford W. Mott
    • 1
  • James C. Lester
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceNorth Carolina State UniversityRaleighUSA

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