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Trainee teachers made sharper assessments about learning difficulties after receiving feedback from AI

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A trial in which trainee teachers who were being taught to identify pupils with potential learning difficulties had their work'marked' by artificial intelligence has found the approach significantly improved their reasoning. It suggests that artificial intelligence (AI) could enhance teachers' "diagnostic reasoning": the ability to collect and assess evidence about a pupil, and draw appropriate conclusions so they can be given tailored support. During the trial, trainees were asked to assess six fictionalised "simulated" pupils with potential learning difficulties. They were given examples of their schoolwork, as well as other information such as behaviour records and transcriptions of conversations with parents. They then had to decide whether or not each pupil had learning difficulties such as dyslexia or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and explain their reasoning.