Course descriptions

Below are descriptions of the courses that we run from time to time.

Introduction to Dyscalculia in FE/HE

This is an introductory level course for those who have little or no previous knowledge and experience of dyscalculia. The day is offered as a gentle introduction to the subject, exploring what is dyscalculia and issues that arise in FE/HE.

Following successful completion of this day, participants will be in a position to participate in the more in-depth workshops.

Intended Learning Outcomes

At the end of the day the participants should:

  • Have a greater understanding of dyscalculia in FE/HE
  • Have a greater insight into why dyscalculic students struggle
  • Understand the social and academic issues dyscalculic students face
  • Be able to identify issues and some coping strategies

Method of Teaching and Learning

The day includes a combination of lectures, practical group work and discussion. There is no assessment but participants are expected to take an active part in the day. Certificates of attendance will be issued.

Programme

9:30 – 10:00, Coffee, registration
10:00 – 10:15, Welcome and introduction to the day
10:15 – 11:00, Introduction to Dyscalculia
11:00 – 11:20, Coffee
11:20 – 12:00, Definitions of Dyscalculia
12:00 – 12:30 , Thinking about Maths
12:30 – 13:30, Lunch
13:30 – 14:10, Social Issues and Dyscalculia
14:10 – 14:50, Academic Issues and Dyscalculia
14:50 – 15:10, Coffee
15:10 – 16:00, Identifying Issues and Coping Strategies
16:00, Conclusion

Understanding Mathematical Anxiety in dyslexic/dyscalculic students in FE/HE

Intended Learning Outcomes

At the end of the day the participants should have:

  • A greater awareness of mathematical anxiety
  • A greater insight into the why dyslexic/dyscalculic students become anxious
  • An understanding of how to support the mathematically anxious student
  • An ability to develop and use teaching and learning ideas for the mathematically anxious student.

Method of Teaching and Learning

The day includes a combination of lectures, practical group work and discussion. There is no assessment but participants are expected to take an active part in the day. Certificates of attendance will be issued.

Programme

  • 9:30 – 10:00, Coffee, welcome and introduction to the day
  • 10:00 – 11:00, What is mathematical anxiety?
  • 11:00 – 11:15, Coffee
  • 11:15 – 12:15, Mathematical anxiety: further explorations
  • 12:15 – 13:15, Lunch
  • 13:15 – 14:15, Exam Stress
  • 14:15 – 15:00, Insights from dyscalculic students
  • 15:00 – 15:15, Coffee
  • 15:15 – 16:15, Strategies to help (cycle, joined-up, success)
  • 16:15 – 16:30, Evaluation of the day