16th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Dresden, Germany
September 6-10, 2015

Constructive Feedback, Thinking Process and Cooperation: Assessing the Quality of Classroom Interaction

Tahir Sousa (1), Lucie Flekova (2), Margot Mieskes (3), Iryna Gurevych (2)

(1) University of Minnesota, USA
(2) Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany
(3) Hochschule Darmstadt, Germany

Analyzing and assessing the quality of classroom lessons on a range of quality dimensions is a number one educational research topic, as this allows developing teacher trainings and interventions to improve lesson quality. We model this assessment as a text classification task, exploiting linguistic features to predict the scores in several lesson quality dimensions relevant for educational researchers. Our work relies on a variety of phenomena, amongst them paralinguistic features, such as laughter, from real classroom interactions. We used these features to train machine learning models to assess various quality dimensions of school lessons. Our results show, that especially features focusing on the discourse and semantics are beneficial for this classification task.

Full Paper

Bibliographic reference.  Sousa, Tahir / Flekova, Lucie / Mieskes, Margot / Gurevych, Iryna (2015): "Constructive feedback, thinking process and cooperation: assessing the quality of classroom interaction", In INTERSPEECH-2015, 2739-2743.