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ERIC Number: EJ798118
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-0732-3123
Arithmetical Thinking in Children Attending Special Schools for the Intellectually Disabled
Eriksson, Gota
Journal of Mathematical Behavior, v27 n1 p1-10 2008
This article focuses on spontaneous and progressive knowledge building in ''the arithmetic of the child.'' The aim is to investigate variations in the behavior patterns of eight pupils attending a school for the intellectually disabled. The study is based on the epistemology of radical constructivism and the methodology of multiple clinical interviews. Theoretical models elucidate behavior patterns and the corresponding mental structures underlying them. The individual interviews of the pupils were video recorded. The results show that the activated behavior patterns, which are responses to well-adapted contexts presented by the researcher, are compatible with findings in Swedish compulsory schools. Six of the pupils' mental structures in the study are numerical. A substantial implication for special education is the harmonization of the content in teaching with the children's own ways of operating, which implies a triadic teaching process. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Sweden