Educational Research (ISSN:2141-5161) Vol. 2(2), pp. 864-873 February 2011         
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Full Length Research Paper 

A predictive model for mathematical performance of blind and seeing students

Pezeshki Poorya1*, Alamolhodaei Hassan2, Radmehr Farzad2

1Faculty of Mathematical Science, Islamic Azad University Science and Research Branch, Tehran, Iran

2Faculty of Mathematical Science, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Mashhad, Iran

*Corresponding author Email: pooryapezeshki@gmail.com

Received 08 January, 2011; Accepted 09 February, 2011

Abstract

 The main objective of this study was to explore the relationship among working memory, mathematics anxiety, mathematics attitude and math performance in order to examine their effects on seeing and blind students. A sample of 97, middle school blind and seeing students were assessed on (a) Digit Span Backwards Test (DBT) (b) Mathematics Anxiety Rating Scale (MARS) (c) Math attitude test and (d) Math exam. The Results indicated that seeing students showed more achievement in math performance, and much more positive attitude toward math than blind students. But there was no significant difference between blind and seeing student in working memory capacity and math anxiety. These findings could help provide some practical implications for improving blind students’ math performance and studying their math disabilities.

 

Keywords: Mathematical Performance, Working Memory Capacity, Math Anxiety, Math Attitude, Blind Students