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Title: How Montessori materials enhance autistic children mathematics learning: Case study of learning division
Authors: Kee, Norman Kiak Nam, 1963-
Issue Date: 2007
Citation: Paper presented at the 1st Redesigning Pedagogy International Conference, Singapore, 28 - 30 May 2007
Abstract: Dr. Maria Montessori educational pedagogy was originally developed by observing mentally retarded children and learning from special education pioneers, like Jean Itard and Edouard Seguin. Her success with special needs children was extended to normal children. It became so popular and effective for the past eighty years, with normal children in many countries with diverse cultures, that it is now forgotten as a viable pedagogy for special needs education. The purpose of the case study is to study how Montessori materials can help autistic children to learn, operate and apply the mathematical concept of division, which is generally not taught, as it is considered too challenging. It is the hope of this study to generate interest in considering using Montessori materials and educational pedagogy in special education.
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