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ERIC Number: EJ950515
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1045-988X
Helping Students with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders Solve Mathematics Word Problems
Alter, Peter
Preventing School Failure, v56 n1 p55-64 2012
The author presents a strategy for helping students with emotional and behavioral disorders become more proficient at solving math word problems. Math word problems require students to go beyond simple computation in mathematics (e.g., adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing) and use higher level reasoning that includes recognizing relevant information, disregarding irrelevant information, and choosing the correct arithmetic operation. By teaching a multistep problem-solving strategy and reinforcing completion of each step through a token economy, 4 students improved in their math problem-solving ability and their overall on-task behavior during the work sessions. In addition, 1 student transitioned from a teacher-driven token economy to use the token economy as a self-monitoring system. The author describes this strategy and the accompanying token economy system and provides the results of the intervention for 4 students. (Contains 2 tables and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A