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American Printing House for the Blind Mathematics Research Analysis

Two boys examine mathematical manipulatives.

American Printing House for the Blind Mathematics Research Analysis  (2006)

Kay Alicyn Ferrell, Monica Buettel, Ann M. Sebald, and Robert Pearson.  National Center on Low-Incidence Disabilities, University of Northern Colorado

In 2005, the American Printing House for the Blind commissioned the National Center on Low-Incidence Disabilities to analyze 50 years of research in mathematics education. Ten studies met the criteria for evidence-based practice.
This study reports at least some evidence of the following promising practices:

  • Concrete mathematics aids can increase computation accuracy
  • Comprehension of mathematics concepts can be increased with use of the Talking Calculator
  • Instruction in fingermath may increase computation accuracy
  • There is conflicting evidence for the effectiveness of the abacus

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