MathGirls: Virtual peers as change agents to improve girls?math self-efficacy and math attitudes
The Annual Conference of American Educational Research Association (AERA)
MathGirls is a computer-based learning environment designed for high school girls learning algebra. The primary goal of MathGirls is to provide a girl-friendly learning environment that enhances girls self-efficacy beliefs in and motivation towards learning algebra, through persuasive messages of human-like pedagogical agents. This study investigated the impact of agent gender (male and female) and age (teacher-like and peer-like) on high school girls choices of their agent to work with and on the changes in the girls math self-efficacy, math attitudes, and learning. The results indicated that the female agents were favored by the high school girls and had positive impacts on improving the girls math self-efficacy and attitudes.
Kim, Y., Xu, B., Wei, Q., & Ko, Y. (2007). MathGirls: Virtual peers as change agents to improve girls?math self-efficacy and math attitudes. The Annual Conference of American Educational Research Association (AERA): Chicago, IL. April 9-13, 2007