Res Dev Med Educ. 2020;9(1): 18.
doi: 10.34172/rdme.2020.018
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Effectiveness of an educational neuroscience-based curriculum to improve academic achievement of elementary students with mathematics learning disabilities

Eskandar Fathiazar 1 ORCID logo, Arash Mani 2 ORCID logo, Yousef Adib 3 ORCID logo, Zahra Sharifi 1* ORCID logo

1 Department of Educational Sciences, Faculty of Education and Psychology, Tabriz University, Tabriz, Iran
2 Department of Psychiatry, Research Center for Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran
3 Department of Educational Sciences, Faculty of Educational Sciences and Psychology, Tabriz University, Tabriz, Iran


Background: The present study evaluated the effectiveness of a curriculum based on educational neuroscience on improving academic achievement in elementary students with mathematical
learning disorder in Shiraz.
Methods: This is a quasi-experimental research which was done on students with math learning
disabilities from grades two to six in Shiraz District 2 and 4. 47 students fulfill the inclusion
criteria, due to the exclusion criteria 31 students enrolled in the study. They are randomly
assigned to experimental and control groups. All of them completed the pre and post-test training
in the control group was based on the traditional teaching style and the curriculum patterns
that were implemented. The training in the experimental group was based on educational
neuroscience curriculum model. Differences are considered statistically significant at P≤0.05
and 95% confidence interval of the difference is considered.
Results: The results showed that the mean of the control and experimental groups in numerical
understanding variable was respectively: 28.60 and 36.87, in numerical production variable
was: 15.13 and 20.06, in numerical calculation variable was: 8.80 and 13.62. The level
of significance in the group in all three variables of numerical understanding, numerical
production and numerical calculation was 0.001, which means that the experimental group
performed better in the post-test than the control group.
Conclusion: Educational neuroscience interventions such as the underlying math learning skills
can be an effective approach in the treatment of math learning disabilities, the use of this
curriculum has also directly improved attention structures and indirectly improved learning
Keywords: Curriculum, Educational Neuroscience, Academic Achievement,, Learning Disability, Mathematics
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Submitted: 20 Jul 2020
Revision: 01 Sep 2020
Accepted: 12 Sep 2020
ePublished: 21 Oct 2020
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