Title: Children's perceptions about writing with their teacher and the StoryStation learning environment

Authors: Judy Robertson, Beth Cross

Addresses: ICCS, School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh, 2 Buccleuch Place, Edinburgh, EH8 9LW, UK. ' The Moray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh, Holyrood Road, Edinburgh EH8 8AQ, UK

Abstract: This paper explores children|s attitudes and opinions about their experiences of writing stories in class, and with the StoryStation writing environment (Robertson and Wiemer-Hastings, 2002). Drawing on evidence from questionnaire and focus group data from a field study of sixty 10 to 12- year-old pupils, it examines how children compare their interactions with an intelligent tutoring system to learning with the teacher. While the children appreciated the benefits of working with StoryStation, it is clear that the use of such interactive learning environments must be carefully integrated with existing classroom practice.

Keywords: intelligent tutoring system; ITS; children; narrative; story writing; child learning; interactive learning environments; classroom practice.

DOI: 10.1504/IJCEELL.2004.006015

International Journal of Continuing Engineering Education and Life-Long Learning, 2004 Vol.14 No.6, pp.454 - 471

Published online: 21 Jan 2005 *

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