Embedding explanation facility in chemistry educational software: Towards the Qualitative Reasoning approach

Yee Chong Tang, Sharifuddin Mohd Zain, Noorsaadah Abd Rahman, Rukaini Abdullah

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Abstract

This work discusses the explanation facility of a tool called QRIOM for providing support to teaching and learning in the area of organic reactions. The approach is to use Qualitative Reasoning (QR), in particular, Qualitative Process Theory (QPT). This paper will focus on the reasoning engine and the explanation modules that served as embedded intelligence in the software tool. Explanation generated by the software can help learners to pick up the underlying concept better than merely memorizing the basic facts or the reaction steps. The main finding of this work is that when the domain knowledge is represented using QPT, the coupling between concepts and their embodiment in software are tightened. This type of conceptual embodiment may facilitate the acquisition of the fundamental principles of organic reactions in that a learner's cognitive capability is improved.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - ICCE 2008
Subtitle of host publication16th International Conference on Computers in Education
Pages165-166
Number of pages2
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Event16th International Conference on Computers in Education, ICCE 2008 - Taipei, Taiwan, Province of China
Duration: 27 Oct 200831 Oct 2008

Other

Other16th International Conference on Computers in Education, ICCE 2008
CountryTaiwan, Province of China
CityTaipei
Period27/10/0831/10/08

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)
  • Education

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Tang, Y. C., Zain, S. M., Rahman, N. A., & Abdullah, R. (2008). Embedding explanation facility in chemistry educational software: Towards the Qualitative Reasoning approach. In Proceedings - ICCE 2008: 16th International Conference on Computers in Education (pp. 165-166)