Best Practices: Teaching Decimals, Fractions, and Percents to Students with Learning Disabilities

The purpose of this paper is to provide teachers with best practices advice for teaching fractions, decimals, and percents to students with learning disabilities (LD).
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Author(s): 
Brigham, F.J
Wilson, R.
Jones, E.
Moisio, M
Author(s) Organizational Affiliation: 
Bowling Green State University
Published: 
1996
Number of Pages: 
13
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Abstract: 

The purpose of this paper is to provide teachers with best practices advice for teaching fractions, decimals, and percents to students with learning disabilities (LD).

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This resource is clearly written and easy to follow; it should be of great value to adult education instructors who are perplexed about how to teach and support adult education students with learning disabilities.

The purpose of this resource is to provide teachers with best practices advice for teaching fractions, decimals, and percents to students with learning disabilities (LD). It is organized into the following categories: general guidelines for instruction, problems in representation of fractional and decimal numbers, problems in comparison of fractions and decimal numbers, problems in computation with fractional and decimal numbers, and problems in renaming and reducing fractions and decimals numbers.

Areas of significance include the brief discussion of the underlying theoretical base, future trends, general guidelines for teaching, best practices from the instructional literature, and the references section. The body of research provides instructors with effective general and specific suggestions for delivering effective instruction.

It would be useful specifically for Adult Basic Education and GED teachers. Math is one of the most challenging subjects for many adult learners.

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