Built on Research

The Research Behind Carnegie Learning

The more we understand about how students think and learn, the better we can help them. Our programs are developed based on research and then enhanced by proven best practices in teaching and learning. 

Understanding Student Thinking Is Key to Effective Education

Carnegie Learning® curricula are based on over 20 years of scientific research into how students think, learn, and apply new knowledge in mathematics. Carnegie Learning curricula are based on extensive scientific research from Carnegie Mellon University, along with field tests in schools throughout the United States. We use students’ intuitive problem-solving abilities as a powerful bridge to more formal and sophisticated mathematical comprehension.

ACT-R Theory: Applying Cognitive Science to Education

The cognitive models behind Carnegie Learning software are based on Dr. John Anderson’s Adaptive Control of Thought (ACT-R) theory, which is regarded as one of the most robust and mature theories of cognition. MATHia® and Cognitive Tutor® software represents an innovative application of technology, artificial intelligence, and cognitive science. The software gives students the opportunity to receive individualized attention, maximizing the amount of time spent actively learning and mastering fundamental thinking skills.

Our Math Curricula are an Intersection of Three Key Areas

  1. Computer Science Technology: Artificial intelligence software applications including model tracing and identification of unmastered skills
  2. Cognitive Psychology Theory: How students learn, retain, and apply new mathematical knowledge, ACT-R Theory
  3. Real-World Mathematics: Real-world product development from decades of classroom experience

We Are Committed to Continuous Improvement

Carnegie Learning does not just read the research on how people learn; we are active participants in this research and frequently publish results in refereed journals and conferences. To keep our curricula current, and to make certain the teachers using our curricula have the benefit of thorough research, we continue to support investigations into the efficacy of our software and worktexts.

Research Fuels Our Development

We continuously collect and analyze data and feedback from schools, which enhances our curricula and results in more efficient instruction.

We Actively Participate in the Scientific Community

We conduct large-scale evaluations and frequently publish research reports and whitepapers.

We Use a Rigorous Empirical Testing Process

This has resulted in over 50 publications validating the effectiveness of cognitive modeling.