PITTSBURGH--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Carnegie Learning, Inc. announced today that its Co-founder, Dr. John R. Anderson from Carnegie Mellon University, was awarded the 2016 Atkinson Prize in Psychological and Cognitive Sciences by the National Academy of Sciences on May 1, 2016. Anderson is receiving the award for developing effective, theory-based cognitive tutors for education. The Atkinson Prize is only awarded to two recipients every two years. The other recipient for 2016 is Dr. Carol S. Dweck of Stanford University for her research on mindset and its impact on achievement.
Dr. Anderson’s work combines cognitive psychology and computer science to understand how the brain works, how people learn and how computer-based instructional systems can be used as educational tools. In the 1990s, Anderson led a team that created an intelligent computer tutor to teach algebra to high school students. Dr. Anderson's research has revolutionized the impact that technology can have on student learning of mathematical concepts and skills. It was so successful that Carnegie Learning was founded to develop the tutors as a mathematics solution for middle and high school students. To date, more than half a million students in over 2,000 schools across the U.S. use the software program.
“We are proud that our work stems from Dr. Anderson’s widely known cognitive architecture ACT-R,” said Barry Malkin, CEO of Carnegie Learning, Inc. “It is the foundation on which Carnegie Learning is built and has fundamentally impacted how students learn. The entire Carnegie Learning Team congratulates Dr. Anderson on this prestigious award.”
Anderson has authored numerous publications and has been the recipient of many prestigious awards throughout his career in cognitive science including: Benjamin Franklin Medal in Computer and Cognitive Science (2011): Dr. A.H. Heineken Prize for Cognitive Science awarded by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (2006); Howard Crosby Warren Medal for outstanding achievement in Experimental Psychology in the United States and Canada, Society of Experimental Psychology (2005); and the David E. Rumelhart Prize for Contributions to the Formal Analysis of Human Cognition (2004).
For 20 years, Carnegie Learning has been the leading provider of the most adaptive mathematics learning platform. Carnegie Learning web-based software helps students persist to solve math problems, strengthens areas where students are weak, and provides personalized adaptive instruction that ensures students master math concepts.
For more information on Carnegie Learning and its research, visit www.CarnegieLearning.com.
About Carnegie Learning, Inc.
Carnegie Learning is a publisher of innovative, research-based mathematics software and textbooks for middle school and high school students aligned to national and state education standards. Providing differentiated instruction in schools across the United States, Carnegie Learning is helping students to succeed in math as a gateway to graduation, college, and the 21st century workforce. Carnegie Learning, located in Pittsburgh, is the sole source provider of Cognitive Tutor® and MATHia X Software for students in grades 6-12. Carnegie Learning®, Cognitive Tutor® and MATHia® are registered trademarks of Carnegie Learning, Inc. For more information, visit www.carnegielearning.com.