Lost in Springdale: An interactive narrative for adult literacy learners

Amy Johnson, Matthew E. Jacovina, Tanner G. Jackson, Elizabeth L. Tighe, Danielle McNamara

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This paper reports development of an interactive narrative to be added to the existing intelligent tutoring system, the Interactive Strategy Trainer for Active Reading and Thinking-2 (iSTART-2). The design of this module is specifically tailored for adult learners who read below functional literacy levels. Little research focuses on the educational needs of adult literacy learners, but available evidence indicates they require support for both lower- and higher-order reading skills. The interactive narrative provides varied practice opportunities supporting these skills and uses life-relevant texts which hold personal significance for adult readers. We describe the design and development of the interactive narrative, and preliminary results from a small pilot study indicating overall enjoyment of the narrative.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationIntelligent Tutoring Systems - 13th International Conference, ITS 2016, Proceedings
EditorsAlessandro Micarelli, John Stamper, Kitty Panourgia
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages2
ISBN (Print)9783319395821
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016
Event13th International Conference on Intelligent Tutoring Systems, ITS 2016 - Zagreb, Croatia
Duration: Jun 7 2016Jun 10 2016

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Other13th International Conference on Intelligent Tutoring Systems, ITS 2016


  • Adult literacy
  • Interactive narrative
  • Reading instruction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • General Computer Science


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