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ERIC Number: EJ860555
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 21
ISSN: ISSN-1045-988X
Why Do Some Children Have Difficulty Learning Mathematics? Looking at Language for Answers
Morin, Joseph E.; Franks, David J.
Preventing School Failure, v54 n2 p111-118 2010
Some students enter the world of mathematics with a disadvantage. The authors explored the causes for this from a language-processing perspective. They were particularly concerned with students with potential learning disabilities or specific language impairments. They also explored the role of language-mediated instruction in creating an accumulation of ambiguity in the instructional environment. They offer inferences on how this ambiguity may cause insecurities among young learners, and they suggest preemptive methodologies to better prepare young learners for formal mathematics education. (Contains 4 figures and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 1; Grade 4; Kindergarten
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States