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ERIC Number: EJ828592
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Mar
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 32
ISSN: ISSN-0007-1013
Mathematical Power of Special-Needs Pupils: An ICT-Based Dynamic Assessment Format to Reveal Weak Pupils' Learning Potential
Peltenburg, Marjolijn; van den Heuvel-Panhuizen, Marja; Doig, Brian
British Journal of Educational Technology, v40 n2 p273-284 Mar 2009
This paper reports a study aimed at revealing special-educational-needs pupils' learning potential by means of an ICT-based assessment including a dynamic visual tool that might help pupils when solving mathematics problems. The study focused on subtraction problems up to 100, which require "borrowing". These problems, in which the value of the ones-digit of the subtrahend is larger than the ones-digit of the minuend, are known as a serious difficulty for weak pupils in mathematics. Seven of such problems from a standardised test were placed in the ICT environment. Data were collected from two test conditions: the standardised written test format and the ICT version of the test items including the tool that provided pupils with a set of virtual manipulatives. The 37 pupils involved in the study were 8-12 years old and from two special-education schools in the Netherlands. Comparison of the performance scores in the two formats showed that an ICT-based assessment format, including a dynamic visual tool, can reveal weak pupils' learning potential and strategy use. The study also pointed out that "partial-tool use", i.e., not carrying out the complete subtraction operation with the tool, can provide sufficient support to find the correct answer.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Netherlands