When sex, drugs, and violence enter the classroom: Conversations between adolescents and a female pedagogical agent

George Veletsianos, Cassandra Scharber, Aaron Doering

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Abstract

In this article, we investigate the discourse between a female conversational pedagogical agent and 59 adolescents in the context of a social studies lesson. We note that previous pedagogical agent research has focused on the positive effects of agents, while failing to take into account the intricacies of learner-agent discourse, and subsequently missing the abuse suffered by pedagogical agents at users' fingertips. Our analysis indicates that learners readily misuse and abuse pedagogical agents while placing them in a subordinate and inferior role. We conclude by making recommendations on agent design and future research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)292-301
Number of pages10
JournalInteracting with Computers
Volume20
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2008

Keywords

  • Agent abuse
  • Agent misuse
  • Computer-mediated discourse analysis
  • Conversational agents
  • Pedagogical agents
  • Social studies

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