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Mathematics Learning Difficulties: Research & Teaching

A learning strategies approach to mathematics teaching

Multiple intelligences and mathematics teaching  This paper provides a framework for teaching mathematics that takes account of multiple learning styles. It was presented at the Annual Conference of the Mathematical Association of Victoria in December,  1994.

Reviewing teaching by examining what it does :  Review from a learning perspective This paper provides a framework for evaluating the quality of mathematics teaching that from a learning perspective.   It argues that the quality of mathematics teaching can be judged from what students learn.  It was commissioned by the Office of Accountability and Review, Department of Education and Training, Victoria in December, 1997.

A language-based approach to middle-years mathematics  This paper describes an explicit and systematic learning strategies based approach to mathematics teaching in the middle years. Language is used to mediate and direct strategy use.

Mathematics learning as a socially- referenced activity This paper describes the role of shared dialogue in mathematics learning.

The Mathematics Learning Centre :   A Model for Intensive Mathematics Assistance When it was initiated as a facility for integrating teacher education and mathematics intervention at the former Melbourne College of Advanced Education in 1978,  the Mathematics Learning Centre was the first of its kind.  This paper describes the development the Centre,  the approach to mathematics learning on which it was based and measures of its success.  This paper was commissioned by the State Board of Education in 1991.

Being a maths coach What does a maths coach need to know ? The attached powerpoint provides a learning-based focus on this.

Mathematics Learning Difficulties: Research

What do we mean by dyscalcula? In what ways does it present? What causes it? This paper answers these questions. Dyscalculia can be used as a unifying concept in assisting us to understand mathematics learning disabilities. It describes the various types of dyscalculia and how they are displayed.  

Difficulties learning mathematics and numeracy concepts. Difficulties learning mathematics and numeracy concepts are often less well understood than those in reading and writing difficulties. This article describes a number of ‘fundamental’ information processing strategies necessary for successful mathematics learning. It shows how differences in processing basic arithmetic information differentiates between average and less able mathematics students. A version of the paper was published as: Munro, J. (2003). Information processing and mathematics learning disabilities. Australian Journal of Learning Disabilities, 8 (4), 19-24.

Mathematics Learning Difficulties: Teaching

A recommended set of generic teaching procedures in mathematics

A recommended set of generic teaching procedures

Diagnosing learning difficulties in mathematics learning 

Mathematics Learning Difficulties 

Mental arithmetic for addition and subtraction to 100 

Teaching part-whole relationships : Fractions 

Developing Place Value knowledge 

Helping children learn algorithms 

Meaningful counting skills 

Measurement and the mathematics underachiever

Teaching Spatial Concepts


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