The Effects on Secondary School Students of Applying Experiential Learning to the Conversational AI Learning Curriculum

Ting Chia Hsu*, Hal Abelson, Jessica Van Brummelen

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to design a curriculum of artificial intelligence (AI) application for secondary schools. The learning objective of the curriculum was to allow students to learn the application of conversational AI on a block-based programming platform. Moreover, the empirical study actually implemented the curriculum in the formal learning of a secondary school for a period of six weeks. The study evaluated the learning performance of students who were taught with the cycle of experiential learning in one class, while also evaluating the learning performance of students who were taught with the conventional instruction, which was called the cycle of doing projects. Two factors, learning approach and gender, were taken into account. The results showed that females' learning effectiveness was significantly better than that of males regardless of whether they used experiential learning or the conventional projects approach. Most of the males tended to be distracted from the conversational AI curriculum because they misbehaved during the conversational AI process. In particular, in their performance using the Voice User Interface with the conventional learning approach, the females outperformed the males significantly. The results of two-way ANCOVA revealed a significant interaction between gender and learning approach on computational thinking concepts. Females with the conventional learning approach of doing projects had the best computational thinking concepts in comparison with the other groups.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)82-103
Number of pages22
JournalInternational Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning
Volume23
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022 Feb

Keywords

  • block-based programming
  • conversational AI application
  • experiential learning
  • gender studies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education

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