Math anxiety and Math performance

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Research findings suggest that cognitive and emotional mathematics problems largely dissociate and call into question the assumption that high mathematics anxiety is exclusively linked to poor mathematics performance.

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Rethink those labels

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Rethinking Giftedness from YouCubed on Vimeo.

Great quote: The labelling of some students sends negative messages about potential, that are out of synch with important knowledge of neuroplasticity showing that everyone’s brains can grow and change. But few people realize that those labels are damaging for those who receive them too.

Read all about it: HERE

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Dyscalculia and Attention span

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Significant educational delays, even in the absence of cognitive-processing
deficits, can be attributed to the inability to sustain attention.

Read the very interesting research by Ronald L Lindsay* MD, Nisonger Center UAP, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH;
Terry Tomazic PhD, Department of Research Methodology,
St Louis University, St Louis, MO;
Melvin D Levine MD, Clinical Center for the Study of
Development and Learning, University of North Carolina,
Chapel Hill, NC; and
Pasquale J Accardo MD, Westchester Institute for Human
Development, New York Medical College, Valhalla, NY, USA.

Read all about it: HERE

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Yes, Dyscalculia is inborn, read the proof.

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Karin Landerl and her team at the University of Graz, Austria, investigated the development of numerical processing in elementary school children with dyscalculia and a control group with good arithmetic skills.

Landerl and colleagues conclude a biologically driven deficit causes children with dyscalculia to have an imprecise internal representation of numbers, which explains these children’s difficulty with the number line task.

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Brain stimulation for math ability

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Many questions loom over transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), a non-invasive form of neurostimulation in which constant, low current is delivered directly to areas of the brain using small electrodes. It was first established in neuroscience research in the 1950s and 60s, but has seen rapid growth, particularly in the last five years. Originally developed to help patients with brain injuries such as strokes, tDCS is now also used to enhance language and mathematical ability, attention span, problem solving, memory, coordination, and even gaming skills. The authors in our link for today examine its potential and pitfalls.

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Carol Dweck, congrats!

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We are big fans of the work of Carol Dweck on the growth mindset and now she has won a prize for it with a huge research budget attached!

It’s the first prize awarded in a competition launched last year by Chinese technology billionaire Charles Chen Yidan that is intended to “empower the change-makers in education, build a global community of education leaders and, ultimately, create long-lasting, enlightening impacts on mankind as a whole.” The award, which includes a $1.9 million cash award and an equal-size project fund, is the largest financial prize in education research.

Read all about it: HERE

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The lack of Dyscalculia Awareness

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 According
to Butterworth, Varma and Laurillard
(2011), the National Institutes of Health
(NIH) had spent $107.2 million funding
dyslexia research in the United States
since 2000, but had spent only $2.3
million on dyscalculia research.

Read all about it: HERE

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Oh the memories

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A very interesting article by John Hawthorne in our link for today. He highlights some common things about the memory that we may not be aware of.

For our purposes a great point is that he highlights that learning something by rote is very difficult. His quote:

Simply put, the human memory isn’t particularly good at rote memorization.

Read all about it: HERE

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Lack of funding for Dyscalculia Research

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I’m reading the bulletin learning difficulties from Australia and they comment on the remarkable difference between research funding for dyslexia and dyscalculia:

the National Institutes of Health
(NIH) had spent $107.2 million funding
dyslexia research in the United States
since 2000, but had spent only $2.3
million on dyscalculia research. This
is despite the prevalence of the two
conditions being similar. This apparent
lack of awareness and action may have
consequences for both the individual
and the community

Read all about it: HERE

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About how you learn

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There is lots involved in your brain when you learn something. Research is getting more insights every year in how exactly everything works. The article in the link is a very interesting piece that gives lots of details and shows what they are working on now.

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Finger Training Intervention

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Very interesting study about finger training and how interventions involving the fingers may improve skills:

This study has shown that an intervention that combines finger training with number games can improve quantitative skills among 6–7-year-old children. It supports the findings of previous research arguing for a functional relationship between finger gnosis and numeracy. We argue that this study provides evidence that fingers represent a means for children to bridge between other (verbal, symbolic, and non-symbolic) representations of number and that this contributes to children’s developing understanding. The large effect size suggests that with further refinement and replication, the combined finger training and number games intervention could be a useful tool for teachers to use to support children’s developing understanding of number.

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Visual form perception and Math Achievement

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Visual form perception has unique contributions to numerosity comparison, digit comparison, and exact computation, but has no significant relation with approximate computation or curriculum-based mathematical achievement. These results suggest that visual form perception is an important independent cognitive correlate of lower level math categories, including the approximate number system, digit comparison, and exact computation.

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Causes of Developmental Dyscalculia

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Interesting article from the Centre for Neuroscience in Education. Their view:

Overall, there is substantial evidence to suggest that there is no unique functional impairment at the heart of developmental dyscalculia, but that several cognitive functions may be implicated. Consequently, at the CNE maths group we adopt a multi-computational view of dyscalculia; rather than focusing on the search for a unitary underlying cause of dyscalculia, we aim to identity whether the condition can be related to individual variability in specified components of several cognitive functions such as memory and attentional processes.

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Research to The Origin of Mathematics and Number Sense

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It is concluded that difficulty with “number sense” results from the extended demands on executive
control in learning inverse dynamics models associated with cerebellar inner speech related to the second tier of
abstraction (numbers) of the infant’s primitive physics.

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Reading, Writing and……. Arithmetic

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New research confirms that the sequence is indeed reading, writing and then arithmetic.

results of our analysis confirmed the role of preschool phonological ability as a domain-general predictor of later achievements. Phonological ability had a positive direct and indirect effect (via reading fluency) on the subsequent reading and math performance.

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the original use of Intelligence Testing

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I just never know but:

While Alfred Binet is credited with the first intelligence test, that was far from his intent when he and his colleague developed the Binet-Simon scale in 1908. The purpose was not to predict future performance, but simply to identify students who were in need of alternative educational approaches.

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How much do Math Teachers know about Dyscalculia

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Spoiler alert: not much! Read the study that has been done among secondary school math teachers about how much they know about Dyscalculia. The researchers conclude we have some ways to go. Here is where they can start www.DyscalculiaAware.org

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Does your child have a math learning disability

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Great article in Today’s Parent encouraging parents to find out if their child has dyscalculia. They encourage working through the school system or go private with a hefty price tag…..

Let us add to the options provided the FREE dyscalculia screener by Dr. Schreuder on her website dyscalculiaservices.com (free registration required)

or for a more elaborate report goto DyscalculiaTesting.com where you get a low priced option to do a Math and Dyscalculia Screening Test that will provide you with a multiple pages report with gaps identified.

Read all about it: HERE

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