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Characterising student exploration strategies using inquiry-based learning resources
Barney Dalgarno, Gregor Kennedy, Sue Bennett

Last modified: 2012-11-06


The problems associated with ‘pure’ discovery learning have been well documented (e.g. Mayer, 2004; Kirschner, Sweller & Clark, 2006) and the value of individual student support in the context of inquiry-based learning tasks is well accepted (e.g. Azevedo, Moos, Greene, Winters & Cromley, 2008). The challenge in an online context, however, is identifying students in need of support at an early stage in their learning, that is, before they become confused or disengaged. This presentation discusses approaches to characterising student exploration strategies while using simulation-based digital learning resources with a view towards the provision of automated support for those exploring non-systematically or using strategies likely to lead to confusion. The presentation draws on a study undertaken with 158 Primary Education students who explored learning resources in two scientific learning domains and undertook pre and post tests on their conceptual understanding.


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