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Building Intelligent Interactive Tutors by Beverly Park Woolf

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Chapter 3. Student Knowledge

Human teachers support student learning in many ways, e.g., by patiently repeating material, recognizing misunderstandings, and adapting feedback. Learning is enhanced through social interaction (Vygotsky, 1978; see Section 4.3.6), particularly one-to-one instruction of young learners by an older child, a parent, teacher, or other more experienced mentor (Greenfield et al., 1982; Lepper et al., 1993). Similarly, novices are believed to construct deep knowledge about a discipline by interacting with a more knowledgeable expert (Brown et al., 1994; Graesser et al., 1995). Although students’ general knowledge might be determined quickly from quiz results, their learning style, attitudes, and emotions are less easily ...

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