Using the way students learn to improve mathematics knowledge

Cognitive Tutors combine the work of cognitive psychologists and computer scientists to develop a mathematics curriculum. Steve Ritter, Kenneth Koedinger, and John Pane explain how it works

“Learning results from what the student does and thinks, and only from what the student does and thinks. The teacher can advance learning only by influencing what the student does to learn.” Herbert Simon

What we know
● Producing a curriculum that has a significant impact is difficult. It starts with an understanding of how students learn.
● Improvement takes time, because teacher behavior and administrative supports must be aligned with the way that students learn.

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February 2014