Chapter 4. Teaching Knowledge

Previous chapters described how to represent and reason about student and domain knowledge. However, student and domain models achieve little on their own and rely on teaching knowledge to actually adapt the tutor's responses for individual students. Teaching knowledge is fundamental for a tutor; it provides principled knowledge about when to intervene based on students’ presumed knowledge, learning style, and emotions. Some teaching strategies are difficult to implement in classrooms and are resource intensive (apprenticeship training requires approximately one teacher for every three students).

Knowledge about teaching (how to represent and reason about teaching) is described in this chapter, including how to ...

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