TAP-2: A Framework for an Inquiry Dialogue Based Tutoring System

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In the TAP (Tutoring Agenda Planner) project, we study the feasibility of converting the inquiry teaching method of Collins & Stevens (1982a) into a computational model based on the approach of Intelligent Tutoring Systems (ITS). Inquiry teaching is a dialogue-based teaching style that has the objective of training the student in systematic reasoning process. This paper describes the software architecture for TAP-2 - an inquiry tutoring shell based on the theory of inquiry teaching. To complement the “localized” dialogue planning framework inherent in Collins & Stevens' theory of inquiry teaching, the TAP-2 architecture has adopted the “global” curriculum planning technique proposed by Peachey & McCalla (1986).