Numeracy and the Brain
Author: Centre for Educational Research and Innovation
Source: SourceOECD Social Issues/Migration/Health, Volume 2007, Number 13, June 2007 , pp. 203-230(28)
Abstract:This chapter describes the complex functioning of the brain when one develops numeracy, including comprehension of the concept of numbers, simple arithmetic operations, and early explorations in algebra. This is used to draw implications for mathematics instruction. It also describes the barriers to learning mathematics that have a neurological basis (called dyscalculia, the equivalent of dyslexia for mathematics). This chapter is relevant to parents, teachers and policy makers who are interested in understanding and improving numeracy and mathematic education.
Document Type: Review Article
Publication date: June 1, 2007