Examining the Role of Gestures in Expert Tutoring

Betsy Williams, Claire Williams, Nick Volgas, Brian Yuan, Natalie Person

It is well established that expert human tutors are significantly more effective than novice tutors [6]. Moreover, the dialogue moves of one–to–one expert tutoring sessions can be systematically analyzed and used to build a computational model that incorporates effective pedagogical strategies. Such a model can be successfully integrated into a computerized tutoring system [24]. The present work examines the role of gestures and body movements of tutors in one–to–one expert tutoring sessions. Specifically, we closely examine and characterize the gestures and movements of expert tutors at the dialogue move level. The goal of this work is to provide insight into the pedagogical gestures of expert human tutors so that a computerized animated agent can be employed to mimic the body language of an expert tutor.

The final publication is available at Springer via https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-13388-6_28.