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June 05, 2017

Lester Helps Middle Schoolers Learn Through Reflection

Dr. James Lester, Director of the Center for Educational Informatics and Distinguished Professor of Computer Science at NC State University, has been awarded $821,647 by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support his research proposal entitled “REFLECT:  Improving Science Problem Solving with Adaptive Game-Based Reflection Tools.” 
The award will run from April 15, 2017 to March 31, 2020.
Abstract – Reflection has long been recognized as a central component of effective learning. With the overarching goal of improving middle school students' science problem solving and learning outcomes, the REFLECT project has the objective of investigating a suite of theoretically grounded, adaptive game-based reflection tools to scaffold students' cognitive and metacognitive processes. The project will center on the design, development, and investigation of game-based learning tools for science education that adaptively scaffold students’ reflection through both embedded and retrospective support. It will culminate in a classroom experiment to study the impact of the adaptive reflection tools on both problem solving and learning. The results from this project will contribute significantly to theoretical and computational models of reflection, and produce both design principles and learning technologies that support the creation of effective learning environments.
This project is a collaborative effort between the Departments of Computer Science and Psychology, where Dr. Roger Azevedo, Professor of Psychology, is the other leader of the project.  Total funding for the project is $1,300,000.
For more information on Dr. Lester, click here.

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