Developing Math Automaticity in Learning Handicapped Children: The Role of Computerized Drill and Practice

Hasselbring, Ted S.; Goin, Laura I.; Bransford, John D.
February 1988
Focus on Exceptional Children;Feb1988, Vol. 20 Issue 6, p1
Academic Journal
The article examines the role of computerized drill and practice in developing math automaticity in learning handicapped children. Most children with mild learning handicaps are deficient in basic math skills, and these deficits constitute a major obstacle to their overall success in mathematics. Practice that allows students to use counting strategies for solving problems does nothing but strengthen student's use of counting strategies and does little to move the students toward a state of automaticity. The authors believed that children with learning handicaps can attain automaticity at a level equal to their normal peers if care is taken to provide these children with appropriate instruction prior to placing them in drill and practice activities.


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