When sex, drugs, and violence enter the classroom: Conversations between adolescent social studies students and a female pedagogical agent
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In this article, we investigate the discourse between a female Conversational Pedagogical Agent and fifty-nine adolescents in the context of a social studies lesson. We note that previous pedagogical agent research has focused on the positive effects of agents, while failing to take into account the intricacies of learner-agent discourse, and subsequently missing the abuse suffered by pedagogical agents at users’ fingertips. Our analysis indicates that learners readily misuse and abuse pedagogical agents while placing them in a subordinate and inferior role. We conclude by making recommendations on agent design and future research.