CEPA eprint 1387 (EVG-097)

Why can’t Johnny add? (Book review)

Glasersfeld E. von (1986) Why can’t Johnny add? (Book review). Journal for Research in Mathematics Education 17(2): 151. Available at http://cepa.info/1387
Spezielle Rechenstörungen – Ursachen und Therapie [Specific Dyscalculias – Causes and Therapy]. H. Grissemann and A. Weber. Bern, Switzerland: Hans Huber, 1982. 269 pp. SFr 53.00.
A result of the collaboration of the Institute for Special Education and the Institute for Child Psychiatry at the University of Zurich, this book will be of interest not only to those who work with disturbed or disadvantaged children but also to mathematics teachers dealing with the first six grades. The first third of the text provides an excellent introduction to a variety of methods for the diagnosis of neurological, perceptual, and emotional disturbances that may affect performance in arithmetic. The remainder describes more than 20 (mostly European) therapeutical procedures, many of which could be implemented by the ordinary teacher in the ordinary class setting where similar disturbances frequently crop up without reaching pathological dimensions. Thanks to the wealth of very good illustrations, even a limited ability to read German could make this large part of the book useful to teachers in North America.
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