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Strategy of solving mathematical problems in physics for children with specific learning disabilities

Nadja Pezdir (2013) Strategy of solving mathematical problems in physics for children with specific learning disabilities. Diploma thesis.

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    Abstract

    In my graduation thesis I study about application of cognitive strategy instruction on math problem solving in physics for pupils with specific learning disabilities. Students with learning disabilities in mathematics also have difficulties in other school subject. In most cases such difficulties show in physics. When solving physics exercises students can rely on strategy instruction on math problem solving. Students with specific learning disabilities often have trouble in using this strategy. For this reason M. Montague (1992, Montague and Jitendra, 2006; Montague, Enders and Dietz, 2011; Krawec, Huang, Montague, Kressler and de Alba, 2013) has developed a cognitive strategy instruction on math problem solving which can also be used in solving physics exercises. Physics is strongly related to mathematics, because the student must apply mathematical conceptual and formal reasoning when solving physics exercises. (Fauconnier and Turner, 2003; Sherin, 2001; in Kuo idr., 2013). Students believe that physics is one of the hardest school subjects to learn. European Commission (2012) indicates that demand for a qualified workforce in technology and research intensive sectors will rise in the future. One part of the necessary knowledge to succeed in this area is the knowledge of physics, because it extends and enhances understanding of other natural sciences (International Union of Pure and Applied Physics, 1999). To enable success in physics for students with learning disabilities we can co-teach with the physics teacher. In such case the general and special educator share responsibility for planning, delivering and evaluating instructional practices for all students (Arguelles, Hughes and Schumm, 2000; Villa, Thousand in Neviu, 2008; in Sileo and van Garderen, 2010).

    Item Type: Thesis (Diploma thesis)
    Keywords: students with specific learning disabilities, mathematics, physics, physics exercises, cognitive strategy instruction on math problem solving in physics, co-teaching
    Number of Pages: 31
    Language of Content: Slovenian
    Mentor / Comentors:
    Mentor / ComentorsIDFunction
    izr. prof. dr. Marija KavklerMentor
    Link to COBISS: http://www.cobiss.si/scripts/cobiss?command=search&base=50126&select=(ID=9786441)
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education
    Item ID: 1763
    Date Deposited: 01 Oct 2013 15:38
    Last Modified: 01 Oct 2013 15:38
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/1763

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