ERIC Number: ED053980
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Teaching Resources for Low-Achieving Mathematics Classes.
Travers, Kenneth J.; And Others
This paper reviews teaching approaches and general resource materials for low achievers in both elementary and secondary mathematics classes. A survey of reported characteristics of low achievers is divided into two classes: (1) social and emotional problems, and (2) learning difficulties. Characteristics related to class 1 problems include: high rate of absence, goals for the immediate future only, low motivation, antisocial behavior, short interest span, and inability to see the practical use of mathematics. Characteristics related to class 2 problems include: a record of failure in mathematics, a fear of the subject, achievement scores at least two years below grade level, reading difficulties, inability to follow directions, tendency to leap to conclusions, and inability to generalize. Teaching approaches which have been reported as being successful include the use of computational aids, manipulative devices, and laboratory techniques. Also reported was the development of individualized short-term curriculum units, emphasizing success and immediate reward. The two bibliographies included are: (1) a bibliography of general resource material, and (2) an annotated bibliography of articles which have appeared in "The Arithmetic Teacher" and "The Mathematics Teacher" which suggest lessons for low achievers. (RS)
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Authoring Institution: ERIC Information Analysis Center for Science Education, Columbus, OH.