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September 28, 2006

Lester Partners with Education Primes to Study Bayesian Pedagogical Agents

Dr. James Lester has partnered with researchers from NC State's College of Education to obtain funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) of $605,436 for their research proposal titled “Bayesian Pedagogical Agents for Dynamic High-Performance Inquiry-Based Science Learning Environments.” 
Joining Lester on this collaborative effort are Drs. Hiller Spires and John Nietfeld of Curriculum & Instruction in the College of Education.
The award will run from January 1, 2007 through December 31, 2009.
Research Abstract - Pedagogical agents are embodied software agents that have emerged as a promising vehicle for promoting effective learning. The proposed work has two complementary technology and learning thrusts. 
First, it will develop a full suite of Bayesian pedagogical agent technologies that leverage probabilistic models of inference to systematically reason about the multitude of factors that bear on tutorial decision making in dynamic high-performance inquiry-based science learning environments.
Second, it will provide a comprehensive account of the cognitive processes and results of interacting with Bayesian pedagogical agents in inquiry-based science learning by conducting extensive empirical studies of learning processes and outcomes.

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