alexa Achieving meaningful mathematics literacy for students with learning disabilities. Cognition and Technology Group at Vanderbilt.
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Journal of Mass Communication & Journalism

Author(s): Goldman SR, Hasselbring TS

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Abstract In this article we consider issues relevant to the future of mathematics instruction and achievement for students with learning disabilities. The starting point for envisioning the future is the changing standards for mathematics learning and basic mathematical literacy. We argue that the shift from behaviorist learning theories to constructivist and social constructivist theories (see Rivera, this series) provides an opportunity to develop and implement a hybrid model of mathematics instruction. The hybrid model we propose embeds, or situates, important skill learning in meaningful contexts. We discuss some examples of instructional approaches to complex mathematical problem solving that make use of meaningful contexts. Evaluation data on these approaches have yielded positive and encouraging results for students with learning disabilities as well as general education students. Finally, we discuss various ways in which technology is important for realizing hybrid instructional models in mathematics.
This article was published in J Learn Disabil and referenced in Journal of Mass Communication & Journalism

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