Integrating Clustering and Sequential Analysis to Explore Students' Behaviors in an Online Chinese Reading Assessment System

Liansheng Jia, Hercy N.H. Cheng, Sannyuya Liu, Wang Chen Chang, Yangjun Chen, Jianwen Sun

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Abstract

It is helpful for students and teachers to identify students reading abilities and testing strategies based on their behavioral records of reading tests in an online Chinese reading assessment system. In this study, a K-means clustering algorithm is used to divide students into three potential clusters, and the behavioral sequence diagram of each cluster is drawn by means of the lag sequential analysis. By comparing the characteristics and differences of clusters, this paper draws the following main conclusions: (1) For better reading performance, increasing the time of reading articles is more beneficial than directly searching for the answers in the articles according to questions and options; (2) Students with high reading abilities spend longer time on reading articles and inspecting items, but rarely alter options; (3) Students with low reading abilities, who spend longer testing time and have more behaviors of clicking on articles and items, are not focused enough on current questions; (4) Those students with low reading abilities, who spend shorter testing time, rarely have inspection behaviors. Finally, this paper puts forward some suggestions based on the reading ability and testing strategy of each cluster to improve students reading literacy and instruct teachers reading teaching activities.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2017 6th IIAI International Congress on Advanced Applied Informatics, IIAI-AAI 2017
EditorsKiyota Hashimoto, Naoki Fukuta, Tokuro Matsuo, Sachio Hirokawa, Masao Mori, Masao Mori
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages719-724
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781538606216
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 15 2017
Externally publishedYes
Event6th IIAI International Congress on Advanced Applied Informatics, IIAI-AAI 2017 - Hamamatsu, Shizuoka, Japan
Duration: Jul 9 2017 → …

Publication series

NameProceedings - 2017 6th IIAI International Congress on Advanced Applied Informatics, IIAI-AAI 2017

Conference

Conference6th IIAI International Congress on Advanced Applied Informatics, IIAI-AAI 2017
Country/TerritoryJapan
CityHamamatsu, Shizuoka
Period7/9/17 → …

Keywords

  • Behavioral analysis
  • K-means clustering
  • Lag sequential analysis
  • Online reading assessment
  • Testing strategies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Information Systems
  • Information Systems and Management

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