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Intensive scaffolding in an intelligent tutoring system for the learning of algebraic word problem solving ARTICLE

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British Journal of Educational Technology Volume 46, Number 6, ISSN 0007-1013 e-ISSN 0007-1013 Publisher: Wiley

Abstract

The term intensive scaffolding refers to any set of conceptual scaffolding strategies that always allow the user to find the solution to a problem. Despite the many benefits of scaffolding, some negative effects have also been reported. These are mainly related to the possibility that a student solves the problems without actually engaging in their content. In this paper, we have used an intelligent tutoring system (ITS) to analyze the effect that intensive scaffolding has on the learning of algebraic word problem solving (AWPS). Two different versions of the ITS, which differ in the amount of scaffolding that they provide, have been created. These two versions were used by two groups of students in Secondary Education, in a quasi-experimental study. The comparison of pre- and posttest scores shows a significant increase of the competence in AWPS in the group that used the ITS with intensive scaffolding.

Citation

González‐Calero, J.A., Arnau, D., Puig, L. & Arevalillo‐Herráez, M. (2015). Intensive scaffolding in an intelligent tutoring system for the learning of algebraic word problem solving. British Journal of Educational Technology, 46(6), 1189-1200. Wiley. Retrieved September 21, 2017 from .

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