Carelessness and Goal Orientation in a Science Microworld


Arnon Hershkovitz, Michael Wixon, Ryan S.J.d. Baker, Janice Gobert and Michael Sao Pedro

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In this paper, we study the relationship between goal orientation within a science inquiry learning environment for middle school students and carelessness, i.e., not demonstrating an inquiry skill despite knowing it. Carelessness is measured based on a machine-learned model. We find, surprisingly, that carelessness is higher for students with strong mastery or learning goals, compared to students who lack strong goal orientation.


carelessness, goal orientation, educational data mining, science inquiry