Exceptional students in mathematics

Faragher, Rhonda , Putt, Ian , Lowrie, Tom, Diezmann, Carmel, and Bicknell, Brenda (2003) Exceptional students in mathematics. In: Perry, Bob, Anthony, Glenda, and Diezmann, Carmel, (eds.) Research in Mathematics Education in Australasia 2000 - 2003. Post Pressed, Flaxton, Queensland, pp. 175-195.

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It is widely accepted that all citizens should be numerate. That is, they should be able to cope with the everyday mathematical demands of life at school, in the home, at work, and in the community. Additionally, there is a need for adequate numbers of citizens to develop the high-level mathematical capability necessary to support and advance our technologically-oriented society (Howard, 2001; MacGillivray, 2000). Thus, the dual goals of contemporary mathematics education are to develop a numerate citizenry and to develop a society with sufficient high-level mathematical capability. However, to achieve these goals, we must understand how to adequately cater for exceptional students, such as those who have learning difficulties and those who are gifted in mathematics. While students with learning difficulties and gifted students clearly differ substantively, they are both at risk of underachieving in mathematics (Diezmann, Thornton, & Watters,2003). This chapter provides an overview of the context for the education of students with learning difficulties and mathematically gifted students, reviews the associated research, and suggests avenues for future mathematics education research to support exceptional students.

Item ID: 7446
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 1-876682-64-7
Keywords: gifted education; learning difficulties; mathematics; numeracy; research review; school education
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Date Deposited: 07 Jan 2010 03:56
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130312 Special Education and Disability @ 50%
13 EDUCATION > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130208 Mathematics and Numeracy Curriculum and Pedagogy @ 50%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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