The conceptual helper: An intelligent tutoring system for teaching fundamental physics concepts

Patricia L. Albacete, Kurt Van Lehn

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Abstract

This paper describes an intelligent tutoring system designed to help students solve physics problems of a qualitative nature. The tutor uses a unique cognitive based approach to teaching physics, which presents innovations in three areas. 1) The teaching strategy, which focuses on teaching links among the concepts of the domain that are essential for conceptual understanding yet are seldom learned by the students. 2) The manner in which the knowledge is taught, which is based on a combination of effective human tutoring techniques, successful pedagogical methods, and less cognitively demanding approaches. 3) The way in which misconceptions are handled. The tutor was implemented using the model-tracing paradigm and uses probabilistic assessment to guide the remediation. Some preliminary results of the evaluation of the system are also presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationIntelligent Tutoring Systems - 5th International Conference, ITS 2000, Proceedings
EditorsGilles Gauthier, Claude Frasson, Kurt VanLehn
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Pages564-573
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)3540676554
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2000
Externally publishedYes
Event5th International Conference on Intelligent Tutoring Systems, ITS 2000 - Montreal, Canada
Duration: Jun 19 2000Jun 23 2000

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume1839
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Other

Other5th International Conference on Intelligent Tutoring Systems, ITS 2000
CountryCanada
CityMontreal
Period6/19/006/23/00

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)

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    Albacete, P. L., & Van Lehn, K. (2000). The conceptual helper: An intelligent tutoring system for teaching fundamental physics concepts. In G. Gauthier, C. Frasson, & K. VanLehn (Eds.), Intelligent Tutoring Systems - 5th International Conference, ITS 2000, Proceedings (pp. 564-573). (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics); Vol. 1839). Springer Verlag. https://doi.org/10.1007/3-540-45108-0_60