Math Deficits: Why Do Students Struggle?

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July, 2017
Students struggle in math for a variety of reasons. The notion that all math difficulties can be grouped under one term, dyscalculia, is simplistic and misleading. Cognitive scientists have multiple theories of why students struggle in math and what cognitive processes are responsible for math deficits. Here is a brief summary of current research:

Dehaene (1999) conducted a series of behavioral and brain-imaging experiments that provides evidence that mathematical intuition depends on both linguistic competence and visuo-spatial representations. These experiments demons...

 

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