Application of Cognitive Theory to the Design, Development, and Implementation of a Computer-Based Troubleshooting Tutor

S. D. Johnson, J. W. Flesher, A. Ferej, J.-C. Jehng

This paper describes a project that resulted in the development and testing of a computer-based intelligent tutoring system for improving troubleshooting skills in electronics. The pedagogical principles that guided the development of the tutor are thoroughly described. The paper contains a description of the research study that tested the effectiveness of the tutor with students in a two-year technical program. Implications for instructional design, teaching, and future research in vocational and technical education are provided.

MDS-265 / December 1992

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