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Mathematical Difficulties Related to Poor Visual Perception and Memory

While improving the quality of teaching and education provided is certainly a key to improving numeracy, there's more involved than just that. A study, conducted at the Ohio State University College of Optometry was designed to determine whether or not performance on tests of visual perception could predict the children with poor current achievement in mathematics...

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Is It Okay for Children to Count on Their Fingers?

Is it OK for children to count on their fingers? Generations of students have been discouraged by their teachers from using their hands when learning math. But a new research article, published in Frontiers in Education shows using fingers may be a much more important part of math learning than previously thought. The article, by Professor Tim […]

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Math Difficulties May Reflect Problems in Brain’s Crucial Learning System

Children differ substantially in their mathematical abilities. In fact, some children cannot routinely add or subtract, even after extensive schooling. Yet the causes of these problems are not fully understood. Now, two researchers have developed a theory of how developmental "math disability" occurs.

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Kids Who Exercise Do Better in Math

Would you like to see your kids do better in math? Then send them outside to play – after studying of course. Why? A study shows that kids who take part in vigorous exercise improve their math scores and their cognition.

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Dyscalculia: Definition, Incidence, Symptoms, Types, Causes, Intervention

Alfredo is eighteen years old, and he excels in drama and art. He’s an avid reader and writes poems and short stories in his spare time. However, he is unable to graduate with his senior class because he doesn’t have the required credits in mathematics.

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Students Who Enjoy Math Have Better Long-term Math Achievement

Research has shown that students’ learning and cognitive performance can be influenced by emotional reactions to learning, like enjoyment, anxiety, and boredom. Most studies on this topic have been done in labs. Now a new longitudinal study out of Germany investigates how students’ emotions in a school context relate to their achievement

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Mothers’ Early Support Boosts Children’s Later Math Achievement

A new longitudinal study has found that young children whose mothers supported them during play, specifically in their labeling of object quantities, had better math achievement at ages 4½ and 5 years.

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New Theory Debunks Belief that Math Abilities Are Innate

A new theory regarding how the brain first learns basic maths could alter approaches to identifying and teaching students with math learning disabilities. Now researchers offer a better understanding of how, when and why people grasp every day maths skills.

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Dyscalculia: Symptoms, Causes and Treatment

Math learning disabilities can be a debilitating problem in school and in later life. In today’s world, mathematical knowledge, reasoning, and skills are no less important than the ability to read. Dyscalculia, which means inability to calculate, is the most widely used term for disabilities in arithmetic and mathematics.

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Math Learning Disabilities: Symptoms by Age, Causes, Intervention

The term dyscalculia, which means inability to calculate, is often used to describe math learning disabilities. The definition includes well below average mathematical academic performance for age that is not attributable to an intellectual disability.

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No Math Gene: Learning Mathematics Takes Practice

What makes someone good at math? A love of numbers, perhaps, but a willingness to practice, too. And even if you are good at one specific type of math, you can't trust your innate abilities enough to skip practicing other types if you want to be good.

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Finding Math Hard? Blame Your Right Parietal Lobe

Scientists have, for the first time, induced difficulties with mathematics (dyscalculia) in subjects who normally find math easy. The study, which finds that the right parietal lobe is responsible for dyscalculia, potentially has implications for diagnosis and management through remedial teaching.

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