Designing individual goals to enhance the numeracy of adults with intellectual disabilities

Lorraine Gaunt, Jana Visnovska, Karen Moni

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Design research (DR) methodology is often used to investigate the mathematical learning and trial the means of supporting it. We report on data from a larger DR study, in which we investigated how adults with intellectual disabilities (ID) continue to develop their numeracy in everyday activities. Previous analysis of data from this study indicated that adults with ID demonstrate numerate behaviour in the tasks they complete every day. We first discuss our conceptualisation of participants’ numeracy learning; then draw on data collected through observations and interviews to illustrate how we designed viable individualised numeracy learning goals for adults with ID that were empirically, as well as theoretically informed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMathematicse education research: Impacting Practice
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 42nd annual conference of the Mathematics education research group of Australasia
EditorsGregory Hine, Susan Blackley, Audrey Cooke
PublisherMERGA Inc
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781920846312
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Event42nd Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA) Conference 2019 - Curtin University, Perth, Australia
Duration: 30 Jun 201904 Jul 2019 (Program) (Proceedings)


Conference42nd Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA) Conference 2019
Abbreviated titleMathematics education research: Impacting practice
OtherWelcome to Perth for MERGA 42 for what should be a memorable conference. We are delighted to be hosting this conference as it is 25 years since it was last held in Perth and nine years since it was last hosted in Western Australia. The Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia provides an inclusive and cosmopolitan Conference. We look forward to seeing mathematics educators - and academics involved in mathematics education - from many countries.

The organising committee, consisting of academics from Curtin University and the University of Notre Dame Australia, is confident that the conference program will be well received, as will the accompanying social program.

The conference has a theme of “Research Impacting Practice”. This focus was chosen to advance the mathematical experience of the students to whom we ultimately contribute. We are fortunate to have been able to attract some highly regarded international speakers in Professors Jere Confrey, Paul Cobb, Doug Clements, and Julie Sarama. In addition, Professor Di Siemon will deliver the Clements Foyster Address and Professor Doug Clarke the Teachers’ Day Keynote speech. That is indeed an impressive line-up of speakers who will certainly provide plenty of stimulation.
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