"Oh dear stacy!"

Amy Ogan, Samantha Finkelstein, Elijah Mayfield, Claudia D'Adamo, Noboru Matsuda, Justine Cassell
2012 Proceedings of the 2012 ACM annual conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - CHI '12  
Understanding how children perceive and interact with teachable agents (systems where children learn through teaching a synthetic character embedded in an intelligent tutoring system) can provide insight into the effects of social interaction on learning with intelligent tutoring systems. We describe results from a think-aloud study where children were instructed to narrate their experience teaching Stacy, an agent who can learn to solve linear equations with the student's help. We found
more » ... g her as a partner, primarily through aligning oneself with Stacy using pronouns like you or we rather than she or it significantly correlates with student learning, as do playful face-threatening comments such as teasing, while elaborate explanations of Stacy's behavior in the third-person and formal tutoring statements reduce learning gains. Additionally, we found that the agent's mistakes were a significant predictor for students shifting away from alignment with the agent.
doi:10.1145/2207676.2207684 dblp:conf/chi/OganFMDMC12 fatcat:4ciehhtosfatznvniia56yuhoe