Repair theory is an attempt to explain how individuals learn procedural skills. Developed and expanded by Kurt VanLehn in the early 1980s, repair theory emerged during a time when researchers and educators were beginning to consider how personal computers could be used in an educational environment. Repair theory is significant in that it demonstrated, at the time of its publication, potential links between cognitive science, education, and computer science research. The theory also provided a framework for understanding the role technology could have in supporting learning. This entry introduces the premise of repair theory, explains significant tenets, and highlights the application of the theory to educational technology.


According to repair theory, the human mind is logical, like a computer, when engaged in procedural tasks. When all ...

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