Issue 6: Pedagogical Implications:Are chatterbots going to replace teachers in the foreseen future?

By Yenney YAN (EDE alumnus, 2009-2010) With the increasing use of IT in the English language classroom, there has been the anticipation (or fear) that chatterbots/avatars are going to replace teachers eventually. Two of the core issues centre on this ongoing debate, namely the Turing Test and the Chinese Room Gedanken experiment. In this article, …

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Issue 4: The Problem of Induction: A very Short Review

By Yenney Yan (EDE Year 5, 2008-2009) Introduction The Problem of Induction is a question which philosophers have been contemplating since the beginning of knowledge construction. Although this epistemological concept is hard to be operationalized in educational practicum, resolutions to this problem provides vital justification for educational activities: if the inductive methods were flawed, most …

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