Intervention for children with mathematical difficulties

Ann Dowker describes how a targeted intervention has improved attainment

There has for a long time been a significant and consistent problem of underachievement in mathematics. For example, more than 20% of British adults have serious difficulties in numeracy that interfere with basic practical daily activities.

What we know
● Arithmetical ability is not a single entity, but includes a variety of components.
● No two people with arithmetical difficulties are the same.
● Interventions that focus on the particular components with which an individual child has difficulty are likely to be much more effective.

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February 2014