ERIC Number: EJ1214001
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Abstractor: As Provided
Children with Mathematical Difficulties Cope with Modelling Tasks: What Develops?
Zubi, Ibtisam Abdelhalek; Peled, Irit; Yarden, Marva
International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, v50 n4 p506-526 2019
This study investigates the participation and knowledge growth of children with mathematical difficulties as they work in groups with their classmates on a year-long sequence of modelling tasks. It involves observations of a class of 23 fifth graders, 9 of whom were identified as having difficulties in mathematics. All the students worked for 8 months on a sequence of 12 modelling task in heterogeneous groups. The findings show a gradual growth in modelling competencies and mathematical knowledge of the students with mathematical difficulties together with an increase in their contribution to the group. The growth in modelling competencies involved their ability to analyse situations and the growth of mathematical knowledge was evident in offering mathematical ideas during group work and in a better posttest performance. Student reflections indicated their awareness of these changes and of the appreciation of their ideas by their peers.
Descriptors: Mathematics Skills, Mathematics Instruction, Learning Problems, Grade 5, Elementary School Students, Identification, Skill Development, Pretests Posttests, Cooperative Learning, Student Attitudes, Peer Relationship, Learning Activities, Arabs, Semitic Languages, Mathematical Models, Heterogeneous Grouping
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 5; Intermediate Grades; Middle Schools
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