Children's maths difficulties and dyscalculia: Planning for appropriate assessment and effective intervention

This event is now fully booked.

This workshop brings together research from neuroscience, psychology and education to consider the factors affecting the development of children's mathematical ability and how children with maths difficulties might best be supported.

Provisional timetable

09:30 Registration/tea and coffee
10:00 Workshop starts
12:30-13:00 Lunch
16:30 Workshop ends

Details

It is not necessary to have a deep understanding of maths to appreciate the complexity of the task facing novice mathematicians. Children must learn the ability to apply logical principals; become familiar with conventional systems of number and measurement and to use an understanding of context to guide their choice of mathematical tools. Even basic maths skills such as counting require the mastery of a broad skill set (Threlfall, 2008).

It is perhaps not surprising, then, that children experience difficulty acquiring mathematical skills nor that the term 'dyscalculia' has entered the popular corpus as a means of describing a particular type of maths difficulty. At present, however, there is no single agreed definition for dyscalculia but instead numerous informed but differing descriptions.

This workshop brings together research from neuroscience, psychology and education to consider the factors affecting the development of children's mathematical ability and how children with maths difficulties might best be supported. In doing so it will draw upon research from task analysis, skills analysis, mastery learning and direct instruction. It also provides an opportunity for attendees to reflect on issues pertinent to the labelling of children's special educational needs and consider implications for practice.

Pre-course work


Delegates will be provided with a useful (but not essential) background reading list.

Target audience

Practitioner Psychologists and educational professionals who are involved in the assessment of children's learning and the planning and delivery of educational support.

Learning outcomes and objectives

  • Be aware of the neurological, psychological and educational research into numeracy difficulties.
  • Understand how to undertake a broad assessment of children's numeracy skills.
  • Understand issues relevant to the labelling of children's educational needs and the identification of dyscalculia
  • Be aware of a range of approaches for supporting children with numeracy difficulties.
  • Reflect on areas for development within personal practice and service policy in the area of numeracy development and difficulties

Facilitator: Dr James Gillum

James is a practising Educational Psychologist and recent graduate of the Birmingham University professional training programme. He has research interests in children's numeracy skills, social communication difficulties and action research and contributes to courses at universities across the West Midlands. He is currently undertaking research into teachers' perceptions of labels in SEN. 

Co-Facilitator: Dr Christopher Arnold CPsychol

Christopher is a Senior Educational Psychologist in Sandwell. He has worked extensively in the West Midlands for over a quarter of a century and is co-author of the Sandwell Early Numeracy Test which was adopted by the DES funded project Every Child Can Count to assess skills and monitor progress in children finding numeracy more challenging to master. He has co-authored a number of books including Psychology for Teaching Assistants, Teaching Learning and Psychology, Excluded from School - Complex Discourses and Psychological Perspectives" and Becoming NEET - Risks, Rewards and Realities." He has contributed to DFES working parties on Extended Schools. He is currently Chair of the Society's Division of Educational and Child Psychology.

Booking information

Fees

  • Non-Society members: £138 (£115 + VAT)
  • Society members: £104 (£86.67 + VAT)
  • DECP members: £78 (£65 +VAT)
  • Concessions: £54 (£45 + VAT)

From 14 January 2013:

  • Non-Society members: £138 (£115 + VAT)
  • Society members: £104 (£86.67 + VAT)
  • DECP members: £90 (£75 +VAT)
  • Concessions: £62.50 (£52.08 + VAT)

Persons eligible for concessionary rates are student members of the Society, graduate members registered under Rule 15.ii (studying in the UK and not subject to income tax), Rule 21 (retired) members, and members who are unemployed. For evidence of unemployment, we will require a copy of your job seekers allowance book.

How to book

This event is now fully booked.

Location: 
Dates: 
11/05/2013
Contact Information: 

BPS Learning Centre

Tel: +44 (0)116 252 9925
Fax: +44 (0)116 227 1314

Organiser: 
Division of Educational and Child Psychology & BPS Learning Centre