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Title: Design of Real-Time Scaffolding of Middle School Science Writing Using Automated Techniques
Authors: Singh, Purushartha
Gnesdilow, Dana
Cang, Xuesong
Baker, Samantha
Goss, William
Kim, ChanMin
Passonneau, Rebecca J.
Puntambekar, Sadhana
Keywords: Learning Sciences
Issue Date: 2022
Publisher: International Society of the Learning Sciences
Citation: Singh, P., Gnesdilow, D., Cang, X., Baker, S., Goss, W., Kim, C., Passonneau, R. J., & Puntambekar, S. (2022). Design of real-time scaffolding of middle school science writing using automated techniques. In Chinn, C., Tan, E., Chan, C., & Kali, Y. (Eds.), Proceedings of the 16th International Conference of the Learning Sciences - ICLS 2022 (pp. 1521-1524). International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Abstract: Science writing skills depend on a student’s ability to co-ordinate conceptual understanding of science with the ability to articulate ideas independently, and to distinguish between gradations of importance in ideas. Real-time scaffolding of student writing during and immediately after the writing process could ease the cognitive burden of learning to co-ordinate these skills and enhance student learning of science. This paper presents a design process for automated support of real-time scaffolding of middle school students’ science explanations. We describe our adaptation of an existing tool for automatic content assessment to align more closely with a rubric, and our reliance on data mining of historical examples of middle school science writing. On a reserved test set of semi-synthetic examples of science explanations, the modified tool demonstrated high correlation with the manual rubric. We conclude the tool can support a wide range of design options for customized student feedback in real time.
Description: Short Paper
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