ERIC Number: EJ999626
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
The Math Gap: A Description of the Mathematics Performance of Preschool-Aged Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing Children
Pagliaro, Claudia M.; Kritzer, Karen L.
Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, v18 n2 p139-160 Apr 2013
Over decades and across grade levels, deaf/hard-of-hearing (d/hh) student performance in mathematics has shown a gap in achievement. It is unclear, however, exactly when this gap begins to emerge and in what areas. This study describes preschool d/hh children's knowledge of early mathematics concepts. Both standardized and nonstandardized measures were used to assess understanding in number, geometry, measurement, problem solving, and patterns, reasoning and algebra. Results present strong evidence that d/hh students' difficulty in mathematics may begin prior to the start of formal schooling. Findings also show areas of strength (geometry) and weakness (problem solving and measurement) for these children. Evidence of poor foundational performance may relate to later academic achievement.
Descriptors: Geometry, Deafness, Preschool Children, Hearing Impairments, Achievement Gap, Mathematics Achievement, Mathematical Concepts, Algebra, Mathematical Logic, Problem Solving, Measurement
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Preschool Education
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