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ERIC Number: EJ775056
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Sep
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 8
ISSN: ISSN-0025-5785
Dyscalculia in Harrow
Messenger, Chris; Emerson, Jane; Bird, Ronit
Mathematics Teaching Incorporating Micromath, n204 p37-39 Sep 2007
In this article, the authors offer three definitions of dyscalculia, then describe the background and initial progress of the Harrow Dyscalculia Project. Their project in Harrow is associated with ongoing research into numeracy and brain development led by Brian Butterworth, Professor of Cognitive Neuropsychology at UCL. Pupils from Harrow schools were included in initial research in 2002-2003, which led to the publishing of the "dyscalculia screener" (Butterworth and Yeo, 2004) for pupils aged 8-14 that includes two tests of "capacity". The project includes in-service training on dyscalculia support strategies, with ongoing coaching and networking for teachers and TAs; formative evaluation of the use of support strategies and organisational issues in mainstream schools; and summative evaluation of the effects of support given on the capacity to learn arithmetic. The authors have developed a course dealing with teaching number skills for understanding and using logic-driven, reason-based methods. They also include the use of concrete materials and visual diagrams to help students develop sound cognitive models. They explain in detail the problems experienced by pupils and discuss the theory behind the proposed support and activities (many in a game form) which they try out. They also discuss how to assess and identify pupils for support. (Contains 2 figures, 5 online resources and 2 notes.)
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Language: English
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