Carnegie Learning® Co-founder John Anderson Earns Highest Honor from
Association for Psychological Science
Carnegie Mellon University Cognitive Psychology & Neuroscience Professor
Helped Develop the Software Tutor that Thinks Like a Math Student
PITTSBURGH, April 2, 2013
PITTSBURGH, April 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Carnegie Mellon University (CMU)
professor John R. Anderson, whose human thought and cognition research has
revolutionized how we learn, is receiving the Association for Psychological
Science's (APS) William James Lifetime Achievement Award for Basic Research.
The award, APS's highest honor, recognizes Anderson's profound impact on the
field of psychological science and his significant intellectual contributions
to the basic science of psychology.
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In the 1990s, Anderson led the team that created the first version of
Cognitive Tutor^® software to teach algebra to high school students. The
program was so successful that Carnegie Learning, Inc. developed K-12 and
post-secondary mathematics software curricula as a commercial product. To
date, more than half a million students in 2,600 schools in the U.S. have used
the Cognitive Tutor and the derivative grade 6-8 MATHia^® software.
"One of John's many contributions was his recognition that learning theory
needed to move beyond the laboratory and into the classroom in order to have
an impact on real schools," said Dr. Steve Ritter, chief scientist and
co-founder of Carnegie Learning. "From the beginning, Cognitive Tutor
technology was well-ahead of its time and was validated in practical
application in public schools."
"John Anderson is being recognized both for the importance of his theoretical
contributions and for his success in transitioning his theories into widely
used applications having great societal impact," said John Lehoczky, dean of
the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences. "It is entirely
fitting that John would be selected for the William James Lifetime Achievement
Award, as he is among the very best scholars of psychological science."
Anderson, the R.K. Mellon University Professor of Psychology and Computer
Science, has been on the Carnegie Mellon faculty since 1978. His 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
"There have been a lot of well-intentioned, but unsuccessful efforts at
applying computer technology to education," said Randal E. Bryant, dean of the
School of Computer Science. "John Anderson, on the other hand, is the real
deal. By developing models of how students learn, his cognitive tutoring
technology has been remarkably successful. It points the way to how we can
make high quality education available to all students."
A notable example of Anderson's impact is the Pittsburgh Science of Learning
Center (PSLC), a partnership among Carnegie Mellon University, the University
of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Learning. The center, which will receive almost $50
million in grant support from the National Science Foundation, uses tutoring
software to develop effective new means of teaching and to gather valuable
information about the learning process from students in actual classrooms, not
In 2011, Anderson was named a Franklin Institute Laureate and was awarded the
Benjamin Franklin Medal in Computer and Cognitive Science. According to the
Franklin Institute website the award was given for development of the first
large-scale computational theory of the process by which humans perceive,
learn and reason, and its application to computer tutoring systems. Previous
honorees of the Franklin Institute's prestigious awards include Albert
Einstein, Thomas Edison, Frank Lloyd Wright and Allen Newell, the late CMU
professor and one of Anderson's mentors.
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About Carnegie Learning, Inc. (www.carnegielearning.com)
Carnegie Learning is a publisher of innovative, research-based mathematics
software and textbooks for middle school and high school students aligned to
the Common Core State 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 a wholly owned
subsidiary of Apollo Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: APOL) and is the sole source
provider of Cognitive Tutor® and MATHia® software for students in grades 6-12.
About Apollo Group, Inc. (www.apollo.edu)
Apollo Group is one of the world's largest private education providers and has
been in the education business for approximately 40 years. The Company offers
innovative and distinctive educational programs and services both online and
on-campus at the undergraduate, master's and doctoral levels through its
subsidiaries: University of Phoenix, Apollo Global, Institute for Professional
Development and College for Financial Planning. The Company offers programs
and services throughout the United States and in Latin America and Europe, as
well as online throughout the world. For more information about Apollo Group,
Inc. and its subsidiaries, call (800) 990-APOL or visit the Company's website.
Carnegie Learning^®, Cognitive Tutor^® and MATHia^® are registered trademarks
of Carnegie Learning, Inc.
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