ERIC Number: EJ869697
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
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Subitizing or Counting as Possible Screening Variables for Learning Disabilities in Mathematics Education or Learning?
Desoete, Annemie; Ceulemans, Annelies; Roeyers, Herbert; Huylebroeck, Anne
Educational Research Review, v4 n1 p55-66 2009
This paper aims to highlight the significance of a particular aspect of magnitude processing, namely counting and subitizing or the rapid enumeration of small sets of items, for learning. Emphasis is laid on the historical roots and the conceptual framework as well as on studies on pre-verbal and school-age children. Evidence of the potential value of this research for the assessment of children at risk of mathematical learning disabilities, is presented. Inherent to its nature, subitizing relies on rapid, preverbal analogue magnitude comparisons being triggered. We will highlight the differences with counting, and the implications of shortcomings in counting and subitizing in children with mathematical learning disabilities for the automaticity of number magnitude processing. Furthermore we especially look in this paper at the varying assessment paradigms which are used in research with different age groups, something which has received insufficient attention in the past. Finally, we outline the challenges for future research on mathematical learning disabilities.
Descriptors: Computation, Screening Tests, Predictor Variables, Learning Disabilities, Mathematical Aptitude, At Risk Students, Mathematics Education, Learning Processes
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