Causal Models in the Acquisition and Instruction of Programming Skills
Final rept. Sep 1987-Aug 1990
PRINCETON UNIV NJ DEPT OF PSYCHOLOGY
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This research project investigates how an interactive learning environment supports students learning and acquisition of mental models when acquiring a target cognitive skill. For this project, we constructed GIL, an intelligent tutoring system for LISP programming. We used GIL to conduct pedagogical experiments on skill acquisition. Two ways in which an interactive learning environment will facilitate acquisition of novel complex domains were studied. The first set of studies examines how graphical representations provide a representation more congruent with students reasoning. The second set examines how explanatory feedback, generated from the systems problem-solving knowledge, facilitates students learning. The experiments demonstrate that computer-based support helps students construct effective models for reasoning in complex domains.
- Computer Programming and Software