Accession Number : ADA336259

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

Descriptive Note : Sep 87-Aug 90

Corporate Author : PRINCETON UNIV NJ DEPT OF PSYCHOLOGY

Personal Author(s) : Reiser, Brian J.

PDF Url : ADA336259

Report Date : AUG 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 42

Abstract : This research project investigated 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 graphical representations provide a representation more congruent with students' reasoning. A second 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 :   *SKILLS, *COMPUTER PROGRAMMING, *LEARNING, ENVIRONMENTS, ACQUISITION, MODELS, STUDENTS, INTERACTIONS, COGNITION, REASONING, TARGETS, PROBLEM SOLVING, COMPUTER GRAPHICS, COMPUTER APPLICATIONS, INSTRUCTIONS, MENTAL ABILITY.

Subject Categories : Personnel Management and Labor Relations
      Computer Programming and Software

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE