Creating social affable learning environments
The 18th International Conference of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education (SITE)
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 the impact of the differing agents 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). Creating social affable learning environments. The 18 th International Conference of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education (SITE): San Antonio, TX. March 26-30, 2007.