Minimally invasive tutoring of complex physics problem solving

Kurt Vanlehn, Collin Lynch, Linwood Taylor, Anders Weinstein, Robert Shelby, Kay Schulze, Don Treacy, Mary Wintersgill

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

30 Scopus citations


Solving complex physics problems requires some kind of knowledge for selecting appropriate applications of physics principles. This knowledge is tacit, in that it is not explicitly taught in textbooks, existing tutoring systems or anywhere else. Experts seem to have acquired it via implicit learning and may not be aware of it. Andes is a coach for physics problem solving that has had good evaluations, but still does not teach complex problem solving as well as we would like. The conventional ITS approach to increasing its effectiveness requires teaching the tacit knowledge explicitly, and yet this would cause Andes to be more invasive. In particular, the textbooks and instructors would have to make space in an already packed curriculum for teaching the tacit knowledge. This paper discusses our attempts to teach the tacit knowledge without making Andes more invasive.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationIntelligent Tutoring Systems - 6th International Conference, ITS 2002, Proceedings
EditorsStefano A. Cerri, Fabio Paraguacu, Guy Gouarderes, Fabio Paraguacu
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9783540437505
StatePublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes
Event6th International Conference on Intelligent Tutoring Systems, ITS 2002 - Biarritz, France
Duration: Jun 2 2002Jun 7 2002

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


Other6th International Conference on Intelligent Tutoring Systems, ITS 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • General Computer Science


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