Using the Think Aloud Method to Observe Students’ Help-seeking Behavior in Math Tutoring Software

Minghui Tai, Beverly P. Woolf, Ivon Arroyo   International Conference of Advanced Learning Technologies (ICALT 2011) Athens, Georgia, July 2011   In Press


This qualitative study presented high school students’ help-seeking behavior and how they interacted with hints while they solved math problems on an intelligent tutoring system for math. Eight high school students were observed by using the think aloud method while they solving math problems. We describe students’ help-seeking behavior at “the moment” while they sought for hints for help. We discuss students’ help seeking behaviors and discuss possible reasons to explain use and misuse of students’ help-seeking strategies.