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\iteman{ZMATH 2012e.00456}
\itemau{Dowker, Ann}
\itemti{Commentary on the chapter by Marjorie Montague and Asha Jitendra, ``Research-based mathematics instruction for students with learning disabilities''. How do cognitive strategy limitations relate to other aspects of mathematical difficulties?}
\itemso{Forgasz, Helen (ed.) et al., Towards equity in mathematics education. Gender, culture, and diversity. Berlin: Springer (ISBN 978-3-642-27701-6/hbk; 978-3-642-27702-3/ebook). Advances in Mathematics Education, 503-506 (2012).}
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Summary: This is an extremely interesting article that describes children's difficulties in mathematics. It discusses the problem of learning difficulties in mathematics. As the authors [{\it M. Montague} and {\it A. K. Jitendra}, ibid., 481--502 (2012; ME 2012e.00449)] point out, mathematical difficulties are indeed very common. This has been found to be so internationally ([{\it B. Butterworth}, in: J. I. D. Campbell (ed.), Handbook of mathematical cognition. Hove: Psychology Press. 455--467 (2005)], [{\it M. W. Bzufka}, {\it J. Hein} and {\it K. J. Neum\"arker}, European Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 9, 65--76 (2000)] and [{\it V. Gross-Tsur}, {\it O. Manor} and {\it R. S. Shalev}, Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology 38, 25--33 (1996)]), though there can be problems in defining the point where they are severe, specific and persistent enough to be diagnosed as a specific disability [{\it M. Mazzocco} and {\it G. F. Myers}, Annals of Dyslexia 53, 218--253 (2003)]. Studies in the UK (e.g. [{\it J. Bynner} and {\it S. Parsons}, Does numeracy matter? Evidence from the national child development study on the impact of poor numeracy on adult life. London: Basic Skills Agency (1997)] have shown that persistent numeracy difficulties in adulthood are much commoner and at least as disabling as literacy difficulties. This article is a commentary on [Montague and Jitendra, loc. cit.].
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\itemcc{D70 D40 C40}
\itemut{research-based mathematics instruction; learning disabilities; problem solving; problem solving research}
\itemli{doi:10.1007/978-3-642-27702-3\_45}
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