Understanding dyscalculia: An african perspective

Roy Venketsamy, Zijing Hu

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Mathematical skills are a necessity in every society and contribute to the economic growth of its country. However, this subject is often feared among young people in Africa and the world. According to research, learners' fear stems from poor mathematics teaching and learning, parents' and siblings' attitudes towards mathematics, teacher competencies, curriculum development, and student motivation. Some fears are so profound that it leads to dyscalculia among learners. Dyscalculia is a mathematical learning disability where learners have trouble in learning or understanding numerical concepts. In this chapter, the authors explain dyscalculia, its types and causes. It further highlights the symptoms of dyscalculia and provides strategies to overcome or minimise dyscalculia. Embedded in the strategies are traditional African cultural games that can develop a positive self-concept and motivation to learn mathematics. In conclusion, this chapter provides guidelines to teachers, parents, and caregivers to support their learners facing dyscalculia.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Research on Shifting Paradigms of Disabilities in the Schooling System
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9781668458013
ISBN (Print)9781668458006
Publication statusPublished - 16 Oct 2023

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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