id: 06083517
dt: a
an: 2012e.00456
au: Dowker, Ann
ti: 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?
so: 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).
py: 2012
pu: Berlin: Springer
la: EN
cc: D70 D40 C40
ut: research-based mathematics instruction; learning disabilities; problem
solving; problem solving research
ci: ME 2012e.00449
li: doi:10.1007/978-3-642-27702-3_45
ab: 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. Neumärker}, 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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