Accession Number : ADA293438

Title :   Causal Models in the Acquisition and Instruction of Programming Skills.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. Sep 87-Aug 90,

Corporate Author : PRINCETON UNIV NJ DEPT OF PSYCHOLOGY

Personal Author(s) : Reiser, Brian

PDF Url : ADA293438

Report Date : JAN 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 41

Abstract : This research project investigates how an interactive learning environment can support students' learning and acquisition of mental models when acquiring a target cognitive skill. In this project, we have constructed GIL, an intelligent tutoring system for LISP programming, and have used GIL to conduct pedagogical experiments on skill acquisition. We have studied two ways in which an interactive learning environment can facilitate students acquisition of novel complex domains. The first set of studies examines how explanatory feedback, generated from the system's problem-solving knowledge, can facilitate students' learning. The experiments demonstrate computer-based support during learning can help students construct a more effective model for reasoning in complex domains.

Descriptors :   *ACQUISITION, *SKILLS, *COMPUTER APPLICATIONS, ENVIRONMENTS, MODELS, STUDENTS, INTERACTIONS, COGNITION, REASONING, COMPUTER PROGRAMMING, TARGETS, PROBLEM SOLVING, INSTRUCTIONS, RETENTION(PSYCHOLOGY), LEARNING, MENTAL ABILITY.

Subject Categories : Psychology
      Computer Programming and Software

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE