AAAI Publications, 2009 AAAI Fall Symposium Series

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Narrative-Centered Learning Environments: A Self-Regulated Learning Perspective
Lucy R. Shores, Jennifer L. Robison, Jonathan P. Rowe, Kristin L. Hoffman, James C. Lester

Last modified: 2009-10-31


Narrative is emerging as an effective medium for contextualizing learning. Narrative-centered learning environments provide engaging, story-centric virtual spaces that offer guided learning and problem-solving opportunities. Students’ ability to self-regulate learning can significantly impact performance in these environments, and, in general, is critical for academic achievement. This paper explores the relationship between narrative-centered learning and self-regulation. Connections are drawn between the salient characteristics of narrative-centered learning environments and principles for promoting and enhancing self-regulated learning in science education. These relationships are further explicated through an examination of the CRYSTAL ISLAND learning environment. The paper explores the hypothesis that narrative-centered learning environments are particularly well suited for simultaneously promoting learning, engagement, and self-regulation.


Game-based learning; Narrative-centered learning environments; Self-regulated learning; Science education

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