The effects of computer-assisted contextualized instruction on mathematical word-problem solving for students with learning disabilities

by Jennifer Anne Dix

Institution: University of Texas – Austin
Department: Special Education
Degree: PhD
Year: 2015
Keywords: Computer simulation program; Learning disabilities; Contextualized problem solving; Computer systems for learning disabilities; Learning disabilities education
Record ID: 2059745
Full text PDF: http://hdl.handle.net/2152/29588


The purpose of this research is to examine the effects of a computer simulation program on the ability of students with LD to: a) communicate mathematically, b) estimate problem solutions, and c) solve applied story problems. Eight students with LD, ranging from 9 to 11 years of age, took part in the study. The students participated in a computer-presented interactive software program, which used contextualized problem solving to target the above skills. A multiple baseline research design was used to examine: (a) improvement, or lack thereof, of student skills in problem solving, estimation, and math communication abilities, (b) interactions among the three targeted components, (c) generalization of skills to more traditional (e. g., paper and pencil/teacher directed) formats, and (d) extended generalization of acquired skills. Implications of these findings are presented as well.