Creating Social Affable Learning Environment
Yanghee Kim, Quan Wei, Beijie Xu, Youngah Ko, Utah State University, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in San Antonio, Texas, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-61-7 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
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.
Kim, Y., Wei, Q., Xu, B. & Ko, Y. (2007). Creating Social Affable Learning Environment. In R. Carlsen, K. McFerrin, J. Price, R. Weber & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2007--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 3277-3284). San Antonio, Texas, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).