Adaptive Support for Inductive Reasoning Ability

Adaptive Support for Inductive Reasoning Ability

Kinshuk (Massey University, New Zealand), Kinshuk (Massey University, New Zealand), Taiyu Lin (Massey University, New Zealand) and Paul McNab (Online Learning System Ltd., New Zealand)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-729-4.ch001


Inductive reasoning ability is one of most important mental abilities that give rise to human intelligence and is regarded as the best predictor for academic performance. However, most adaptive virtual learning environments tailor the learning material adaptively according to the learner’s domain performance only, thus leaving the learner’s cognitive capacity, such as inductive reasoning ability, unsupported. This chapter presents a framework of adaptive support for inductive reasoning ability in a virtual learning environment based on researches in cognitive science. The use of the adaptive theory, Exploration Space Control, and adaptive techniques to achieve the adaptivity required is discussed in detail. A summarising discussion points out future research possibilities and concludes the chapter.

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