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ERIC Number: EJ776577
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 35
ISSN: ISSN-0045-0685
An Overview of Dyscalculia: Methods for Ascertaining and Accommodating Dyscalculic Children in the Classroom
Michaelson, Matthew Thomas
Australian Mathematics Teacher, v63 n3 p17-22 2007
For many children, mathematics is an inherently difficult subject to learn. Between 5 and 8 percent of children between the ages of 6 and 14 have a particular type of cognitive deficiency that limits their aptitude to acquire knowledge and understanding of fundamental ideas in numeracy. Increasingly, researchers in the cognitive sciences are studying this deficiency under the name dyscalculia, a disorder in which normally intelligent children demonstrate specific disabilities in learning mathematics. Teachers need to be informed about dyscalculia so that they can implement strategies that intentionally and explicitly accommodate students who have this disorder. This paper defines dyscalculia, considers the origins of dyscalculia in psychological, biological, and pedagogical contexts, describes the criteria required to diagnose students with dyscalculia, and delineates practical methods and instructional designs that can be implemented in the classroom to address the specific learning needs of dyscalculic learners. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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