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Effects of web based tutoring software on students' math achievement Ivon Arroyo, Rena Walles, Carole R. Beal, & Beverly P. Woolf
 

Summary: Effects of web based tutoring software on students' math achievement
Ivon Arroyo, Rena Walles, Carole R. Beal, & Beverly P. Woolf
University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Background: Intelligent tutoring systems. Computer-based intelligent tutoring
systems (ITS) provide one promising option for helping students prepare for
high stakes assessments. Research on intelligent tutoring systems has clearly
shown that users of tutoring software can make rapid progress and dramatically
improve their performance in specific content areas. Although much ITS
research focuses on military, industry, and other non-academic training
situations, evaluation studies of several ITS for school mathematics also show
benefits to student users in school settings. Specifically, studies of the Carnegie
Tutor (CMU) for algebra and the AnimalWatch tutor (UMass-Amherst) for
arithmetic indicate that student users successfully master specific skills and that
their attitudes towards math become more positive as a result of working with
the software ( < www.carnegielearning.com >; Arroyo, Beck, Schultz & Woolf,
1999; Beal & Arroyo, 2002). However, existing ITS are limited in several ways.
First, as stand-alone applications that must be installed on individual computers,
they are difficult to disseminate, update and extend. Second, although they
provide effective instruction, few ITS have really taken advantage of the
instructional possibilities of dynamic multimedia techniques such as animation,

  

Source: Arroyo, Ivon M. - Center for Knowledge Communication, University of Massachusetts at Amherst

 

Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences