A review of the research on Cognitive Tutor

The What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) has released an intervention report for Cognitive Tutor, a secondary mathematics curriculum that focuses on how students think about and learn maths. The programme can be implemented through a textbook, through adaptive software, or a combination of these activities.

The WWC identified six studies of Cognitive Tutor Algebra I and one study of Cognitive Tutor Geometry that met WWC research standards. The review showed the following:

  • Cognitive Tutor Algebra I has mixed effects on algebra achievement and no discernible effects on general mathematics achievement for secondary students.
  • Cognitive Tutor Geometry has potentially negative effects on geometry achievement for secondary students, with a small extent of evidence.

Source: Cognitive Tutor® (2016), What Works Clearinghouse.