Interventions for Primary School Children With Difficulties in Mathematics.

  • Ann D Dowker
  • Published 2017 in Advances in child development and behavior


Difficulty with arithmetic is a common problem for children and adults, though there has been some work on the topic for a surprisingly long time. This chapter will review some of the research that has been done over the years on interventions with primary school children. Interventions can be of various levels of intensiveness, ranging from whole-class approaches that take account of individual differences through small-group and limited-time individual interventions to extended-time individual interventions. Interventions discussed here include those involving peer tuition and group collaboration; those involving board and computer games; and those that involve assessing children's strengths and weaknesses in different components of mathematics; and targeting remedial activities to the assessed weaknesses. Most of the interventions discussed in this chapter specifically involve mathematics (usually mainly arithmetic), but there is also some discussion of attempts to improve mathematics by training children in domain-general skills, including Piagetian operations, metacognition, and executive functions.

DOI: 10.1016/bs.acdb.2017.04.004

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@article{Dowker2017InterventionsFP, title={Interventions for Primary School Children With Difficulties in Mathematics.}, author={Ann D Dowker}, journal={Advances in child development and behavior}, year={2017}, volume={53}, pages={255-287} }