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22TRA202 Dyscalculia and Maths Learning Difficulties

22TRA202 Dyscalculia and Maths Learning Difficulties





Dates:     Thursday - 29th September, 6th & 20th October, 10th & 24th November, 1st December 2022, 12th & 26th January 2023
Time:       7.00pm - 8.30pm


Each session will include pragmatic strategies for use with learners.

Session 1
• Dyscalculia and Mathematical Learning Difficulties.
• Factors that contribute to learning difficulties in math.

Session 2
• The foundations.
• Developing number sense and operation sense. Place value.
• Strategies for accessing (and understanding) the basic addition and subtraction facts.

Session 3
• Addition and subtraction. Inter-linking the operations.

Session 4
• Multiplication facts. Rote learning and alternative strategies. An introduction to developmental teaching.
• 'Long' multiplication and division, traditional and non-traditional methods.

Session 5
• How math develops. From the basics to algebra.
• Word problems. The Singapore model method.

Session 6
• Fractions, decimals, percentages.

Session 7
• The affective domain
• Expectations, beliefs, fear of negative evaluation. Anxiety
• Self-esteem. Self-concept. Self-efficacy.
• Attributional style

Session 8
• Diagnosis and Assessment.

   1. Informal clinical diagnostic procedures.

  2. Tests of basic facts.

  3. A 15-minute standardised math test. Standardised and criterion referenced tests.

  4. Error patterns.   

  5. A math anxiety questionnaire

  6. Short term memory. Working memory.

  7. Cognitive style in math.

  8. A dyscalculia checklist

Each section/topic in the course will demonstrate the use of appropriately matched, visual images and materials. This is a pragmatic course, but it is based on research and experience.

Publications from SC

  • ‘Mathematics for Dyslexics and Dyscalculics. A Teaching Handbook’ 4th edn. S Chinn and JR Ashcroft. Wiley
  • ‘The Trouble with Maths. A practical guide to helping learners with numeracy difficulties’ 4th edn Steve Chinn. Routledge
  • ‘More Trouble with Maths. A complete manual to identifying and diagnosing mathematical difficulties’ 3rd edn Steve Chinn. Routledge
  • ‘Numicon. Big Ideas’ with Fiona Goddard and Liz Henning. OUP
  • The Routledge International Handbook of Dyscalculia and Mathematical Learning Difficulties. Edited by Steve Chinn
  • ‘How to Teach Maths. Understanding Learners’ Needs’ Steve Chinn. Routledge
  • ‘Maths Explained’ A collection of online video tutorials

Presenter Biography: Steve Chinn

Steve Chinn

Steve Chinn, PhD FRSA, is a visiting professor at the University of Derby, UK.

Steve's first experience of teaching maths was as a Doctoral student at the University of Leeds where he taught ‘A’ level maths to first year food science undergraduates, who had failed to pass this exam at school. That was a long time ago!

His first post as a teacher was in Somerset, where he taught maths, statistics, chemistry and physics. He subsequently became a Head of Physics and then Head of the Maths and Science Faculty at a comprehensive school.

In 1981 he was appointed as Head of a new secondary school for dyslexic boys, where he found that dyslexia seemed to impact significantly on the way students learned, and often failed to learn, maths. This was the start of Steve’s fascination with maths learning difficulties and how to address them. He continues to be a pioneer in this field.

During a year as visiting Head of a specialist school in the USA, he studied special education at the Johns Hopkins University and co-authored ‘The Test of Cognitive Style in Mathematics’.

He returned to the UK in 1986 to set up his own secondary school for dyslexic students. This school won several awards, including ‘Highly Effective School’ and ‘Beacon School’ status from the Department of Education and the ‘Award for Excellence’ from the Independent Schools’ Association. The school is now a part of the Priory Group.

During this time Steve continued to research, write and lecture about maths learning difficulties. One of his books, ‘The Trouble with Maths’ won the Times Educational Supplement award for ‘Books for Teaching and Learning' and remains a best seller in its second edition. He compiled and edited the ‘Routledge International Handbook on Mathematical Learning Difficulties and Dyscalculia’ (2015) with 31 chapters from leading experts from around the world.

'The Trouble with Maths' went into 3rd edition in 2017 and 'More Trouble with Maths' tests and procedures for diagnosing dyscalculia) went into 2nd edition in 2017

He has lectured on maths learning difficulties and presented teacher training in over thirty countries. In 2013 he provided five days of consultancy for the Ministry of Education in Singapore. Steve has won a number of awards, including the Marion Welchman Award for international work on dyslexia the Lady Radnor Award for services to dyslexia.

Steve’s online resources for the Times Education Supplement received over 100 000 views and over 55 000 downloads. His webinar for Dyslexic Advantage has had 20,000 views.

It has been the research, teaching and listening experiences with students who have difficulties with learning maths that has convinced him that by working with them we can discover so much about how all children can learn maths more effectively.

Course Properties

Course date 29-09-2022 7:00 pm
Course End Date 19-01-2023 8:30 pm
Capacity 1000
Cut off date 26-01-2023 7:15 pm
Individual Price €20.00
Speaker Steve Chinn
Number Hours 8 x 1.5 hour sessions
Location Online

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