International Journal of Psychology and Psychological Therapy

Volume 7 Num. 3 - November 2007


El Aprendizaje de Conceptos de Comparaci?n, Seriaci?n y Clasificaci?n en Personas con Retraso Mental [Learning of Comparison, Seriation and Classification Concepts in Children with Mental Disability]

Volume 7 Num. 3 - November 2007 - Pages 303-319


Concepci?n Alcalde, Jos? I. Navarro, Esperanza Marchena Gonzalo Ruiz and Manuel Aguilar


The concepts of seriation, classification and comparison are not only results of
child development but also because of formal training consequence. Standard development possibly has many structured and non structured training opportunities. But in mentally disabled children, it is necessary to increase the structured learning because of their cognitive malfunctioning. In this paper we studied if children with mental disabilities could be trained in the concepts of seriation, classification and comparison using specific software. 15 children with mental disabilities participated. They did not know the concepts of seriation, classification and comparison. They received several Computer Assisted Teaching sessions during their regular school hours. The hypothesis was that exhaustive training in these concepts would reduce errors in the seriation, classification and comparison computer tasks. Results suggest an improvement in learning these concepts for all participants. Learning curves as a function of the training are presented.

Key words:

Mental Disabilities, Computer assisted teaching, Seriation, Classification,

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