Katherine Lewis talk: Thurs, 12/8

Mathematical Learning Disability Through a Vygotskian Lens: Difference, Re-mediation, and Compensation

WHEN: Thursday, December 8th, 11:00AM-12:00PM

WHERE: 220 Teacher Education Building

Screen Shot 2016-12-05 at 1.09.34 PMMathematical learning disability (i.e., dyscalculia) is a neurological difference in how individuals process numerical information. Prior research on mathematical learning disability (MLD) has primarily relied upon quantitative comparisons of students with and without MLD in order to identify the ways in which students with MLD are deficient. In this presentation, I argue that this deficit orientation is problematic and I offer an alternative. I draw upon and elaborate three of Vygotsky’s central ideas about disability: difference, mediation, and compensation. Through illustrative examples I demonstrate how Vygotsky’s theories focused on developmental difference, mediation, and compensation can provide a more productive and non-deficit approach to the study of MLD. 

Call for Participation: Spring 2017 Faculty Development Seminar


Spring 2017 Faculty  Development Seminar

Disability Studies in the Humanities

Led by Elizabeth B. Bearden (English) and Ellen Samuels (Gender and Women’s Studies)

Deadline: Thursday, December 15, 2016

Applications submitted by the deadline will receive full consideration for a $500 stipend for allowable research expenses. Additional inquiries may be submitted up to the beginning of the Spring 2017 semester.

To apply to participate, please send the following materials as a single PDF to fds@humanities.wisc.edu with the subject line “Disability Studies Application”:

1) a 1-2 page letter outlining your interest in the seminar
2) curriculum vitae

A full description of the seminar, including its readings, can be found here. The seminar will meet ten times during a semester in two-hour sessions; the meeting schedule will be set in consultation with seminar members. Questions should be directed to Megan Massino (massino@wisc.edu).