AAAI Publications, 2010 AAAI Fall Symposium Series

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The Design of an Intelligent Adaptive Learning System for Poor Comprehenders
Tania Di Mascio, Rosella Gennari, Pierpaolo Vittorini

Last modified: 2010-11-03


Developing the capabilities of children to comprehend written texts is key to their development as young adults. Text comprehension skills develop enormously from the age of 7- 8 until the age of 11. Nowadays, several young children (˜5% – 10% of novice readers) turn out to be poor (text) comprehenders: they demonstrate text comprehension difficulties, related to inference-making skills, despite proficiency in lowlevel cognitive skills like word decoding. Though there are several pencil-and-paper reading interventions for improving inference-making skills on text, and addressed to poor comprehenders, the design and evaluation of Adaptive Learning Systems (ALSs) are lagging behind. The use of more intelligent ALSs to custom-tailor such interventions in the form of games for poor comprehenders has tremendous potential. Our system embodies that potential. This paper presents the design of our ALS by focusing on its intelligent adaptive engine and the related conceptual models, and by presenting the visual interfaces for story telling and gaming.


Adaptive learning Systems; Poor Comprehenders; Artificial Intelligence

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