Reasoning Mind Genie 2: An Intelligent Tutoring System as a Vehicle for International Transfer of Instructional Methods in Mathematics
George A. Khachatryan, Andrey V. Romashov, Alexander R. Khachatryan, Steven J. Gaudino, Julia M. Khachatryan, Konstantin R. Guarian, Nataliya V. Yufa
IJAIE Volume 24, Number 3, ISSN 1560-4292
Effective mathematics teachers have a large body of professional knowledge, which is largely undocumented and shared by teachers working in a given country's education system. The volume and cultural nature of this knowledge make it particularly challenging to share curricula and instructional methods between countries. Thus, approaches based on knowledge engineering--designing a software system by interviewing human experts to extract their knowledge and heuristics--are particularly promising for cross-cultural curriculum implementations. Reasoning Mind's Genie 2 system demonstrates the viability of such an approach, bringing elements of Russian mathematics education (known for its effectiveness) to the United States. Genie 2 has been adopted on a large scale, with around 67,000 United States students participating in the 2012-2013 school year. Previously published work (some of it in peer reviewed articles and some in non-peer-reviewed independent evaluations) has associated Genie 2 with high student and teacher acceptance, increases in test scores relative to "business as usual" conditions, high time on task, and a positive affective profile. Here, we describe for the first time the design, function, and use of the Genie 2 system. Based on this work, we suggest general principles--which collectively represent a proposed methodology--for the design of intelligent tutoring systems intended for cross-cultural transfer of curriculum and instructional methods.
Khachatryan, G.A., Romashov, A.V., Khachatryan, A.R., Gaudino, S.J., Khachatryan, J.M., Guarian, K.R. & Yufa, N.V. (2014). Reasoning Mind Genie 2: An Intelligent Tutoring System as a Vehicle for International Transfer of Instructional Methods in Mathematics. International Journal of Artificial Intelligence in Education, 24(3), 333-382.