ERIC Number: EJ717873
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Sep
Reference Count: 37
Classroom Learning Experiences of Mathematics by New Entrant Children with Down Syndrome
Rietveld, Christine M.
Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability, v30 n3 p127-138 Sep 2005
Background: While inclusion is commonly conceptualised as a location, or as organisational practices, or as pertaining to social development, in terms of a key purpose of schools (advancement of learning), such foci are insufficient. Method: Employing a case study methodology, this research focuses on the quality of the learning process during mathematics for 3 boys with Down syndrome in new entrant classrooms. Results: Barriers to learning were evident in all contexts, as neither teachers nor peers provided the boys with the necessary conceptual feedback to advance their mathematical understandings. In addition, parents, teachers and professionals had different goals for the children, which affected the teaching-learning emphasis. Conclusions: The data suggest a need for teachers to adopt a role as mediators of learning rather than deliverers of curricula, and raise issues concerning the meaning of inclusion.
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Social Development, Males, Down Syndrome, Inclusive Schools, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematical Concepts, Foreign Countries, Mathematics Skills, Accessibility (for Disabled), Peer Relationship
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers - Location: New Zealand