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.