Title: An environment for modelling problem-solving oriented learning processes

Authors: Kazuhisa Seta, Motohide Umano

Addresses: Department of Mathematics and Information Sciences, Osaka Prefecture University, 1-1, Gakuen-cho, Sakai, Osaka, 599-8531, Japan. ' Department of Mathematics and Information Sciences, Osaka Prefecture University, 1-1, Gakuen-cho, Sakai, Osaka, 599-8531, Japan

Abstract: A learner in a problem-solving domain builds up understanding of the target area, makes a plan to solve a problem based on that understanding, and performs the plan. We aim at developing a system to facilitate those processes and the reuse, sharing and inheritance of problem-solving expertise usually acquired through immense efforts. This paper presents our work to realise the former goal. The basic philosophy underlying our approach is to encourage learner|s awareness of her work in order to help her develop strong problem-solving skills. Ontology is a key technique to achieve this goal. Firstly, we analyse a learner|s work to clarify what support is required for them to perform the work. Secondly, we propose a framework for performing that work. Thirdly, we discuss a process ontology to encourage interaction between meta-cognition activities and cognition activities. Finally, we illustrate a prototype system that supports learner|s work.

Keywords: modelling environment; meta-cognition; ontology; problem-solving oriented learning; self-regulated learning; planning.

DOI: 10.1504/IJCEELL.2004.004972

International Journal of Continuing Engineering Education and Life-Long Learning, 2004 Vol.14 No.3, pp.246 - 259

Published online: 26 Jul 2004 *

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