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ERIC Number: EJ1150434
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0040-0599
A Toolbox for Teaching Price Comparison to Students with Disabilities
Weng, Pei-Lin; Bouck, Emily C.
TEACHING Exceptional Children, v49 n5 p347-354 May-Jun 2017
Price comparison is a functional mathematics skill involving purchasing, use of money, and budgeting, with the goal of selecting the best deal based on a person's financial resources (Browder, Spooner, & Trela, 2011). The operational definition of "price comparison" is to compare the magnitudes of the price numbers and then select the lower-priced item or an item that represents the best price + benefit combination (Sandknop, Schuster, Wolery, & Cross, 1992). Special education teachers find teaching this skill to their students a challenge because price comparison is more than just comparing the magnitudes (i.e., values) of price numbers. It involves many steps, such as: (1) locating grocery items; (2) recognizing numbers on price tags associated with the grocery items; (3) associating magnitudes with price numbers; (4) comparing values of numbers (i.e., number comparison); (5) understanding the relationship between magnitudes of numbers and semantic meanings such as more, less, bigger, smaller, cheaper price, and lower price; and (6) selecting the desired grocery item (e.g., the lower-price item; Sandknop et al., 1992; Weng & Bouck, 2014). The authors explore four types of strategies teachers can use to teach price comparison to their students.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
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