TAP-2: A Framework for an Inquiry Dialogue Based Tutoring System
In the TAP (Tutoring Agenda Planner) project, we study the feasibility of converting
the inquiry teaching method of Collins & Stevens (1982a) into a computational model based on
the approach of Intelligent Tutoring Systems (ITS). Inquiry teaching is a dialogue-based
teaching style that has the objective of training the student in systematic reasoning process.
This paper describes the software architecture for TAP-2 - an inquiry tutoring shell based on
the theory of inquiry teaching. To complement the “localized” dialogue planning framework
inherent in Collins & Stevens' theory of inquiry teaching, the TAP-2 architecture has adopted
the “global” curriculum planning technique proposed by Peachey & McCalla (1986).