Journal on Mathematics Education
Universitas Sriwijaya / Indonesian Mathematical Society (IndoMS)
School of Education
Edith Cowan University
This study presents a single case study of how a remedial mathematics teacher incorporated an instructional intervention into her teaching practices in order to teach counting to a pupil with mathematical learning difficulties. This new theory-driven intervention was developed by the authors of this study. Dyscalculia is a term which refers to a wide range of mathematical learning difficulties or disabilities. Dyscalculic pupils have a specific mathematics learning disorder with a core deficit in representing and processing of numerosity. They might not be able to recognise numerical quantities, performing counting and so on. Early supports such as interventions have a great potential in helping dyscalculic pupils to improve mathematical skills. However, there remains a lack of appropriate instructional scaffolds to help dyscalculic pupils to organise their learning structures by addressing both cognitive deficits and mathematical skills. The present study involves a primary school remedial teacher, Daisy, and an at-risk dyscalculic pupil, David, both pseudonyms. Data were collected through interviews, lesson observations, and reflective journals. The findings revealed that the proposed intervention improved the counting ability of the pupil.
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