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 and Doig, Brian 2009, Mathematical power of special-needs pupils : an ICT-based dynamic assessment format to reveal weak pupils' learning potential, British journal of educational technology, vol. 40, no. 2, pp. 273-284.

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Title Mathematical power of special-needs pupils : an ICT-based dynamic assessment format to reveal weak pupils' learning potential
Author(s) Peltenburg, Marjolijn
van den Heuvel-Panhuizen, Marja
Doig, Brian
Journal name British journal of educational technology
Volume number 40
Issue number 2
Start page 273
End page 284
Total pages 12
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2009-03
ISSN 0007-1013
1467-8535
Summary 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', ie, not carrying out the complete subtraction operation with the tool, can provide sufficient support to find the correct answer.
Language eng
Field of Research 130102 Early Childhood Education (excl Maori)
Socio Economic Objective 930104 Moral and Social Development (incl. Affect)
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2009, The Authors
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30021538

Document type: Journal Article
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