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MathGirls: Motivating Girls to Learn Math through Pedagogical Agents
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EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Orlando, FL USA ISBN 978-1-880094-60-0 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC

Abstract

MathGirls is a computer-based learning environment designed for high school girls learning algebra. The primary goal of MathGirls is to provide a girl-friendly learning environment that enhances girls' self-efficacy beliefs in and motivation towards learning algebra, through persuasive messages of human-like pedagogical agents. This study investigated the impact of agent gender (male and female) and age (teacher-like and peer-like) on high school girls' choices of their agent to work with and the impact of the differing agents on the changes in the girls' math self-efficacy, math attitudes, and learning. The results indicated that the female agents were favored by the high school girls and had positive impacts on improving the girls' math self-efficacy and attitudes.

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Kim, Y., Flann, N., Wei, Q., Ko, Y. & Alla, S. (2006). MathGirls: Motivating Girls to Learn Math through Pedagogical Agents. In E. Pearson & P. Bohman (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2006--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 2025-2032). Orlando, FL USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved December 13, 2019 from .

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