Universal Journal of Educational Research Vol. 4(10), pp. 2299 - 2311
DOI: 10.13189/ujer.2016.041009
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Making Sense of a Trial Maths Intervention Program for Students with Disability in Australia: Interim Report


Bronwyn Ewing *
School of Curriculum, Queensland University of Technology, Australia

ABSTRACT

Success in primary and secondary school mathematics is becoming increasingly important to today's teachers, students, parents and employment providers in Australia. Mathematics is viewed as high status and essential for a range of employment opportunities. The Disability Standards for Education [1] and the Australian Curriculum, Reporting and Assessment Authority [2] underscore the rights of students with disability to access the curriculum on the same basis as students without disability. They are entitled to rigorous, relevant and engaging learning opportunities drawn from Australian Curriculum content on the same basis as students without disability. Taking this context into account, this paper provides a work-in-progress report about a two year mathematics intervention project conducted in twelve special schools (Preparatory to Year 12) in Queensland, Australia. The purpose of the project was to address an important problem related to the mathematics achievement of students with disability. It aimed to build the capacity of the schools and teachers in relation to teaching mathematics to their students and to identify and make sense of the intervening program's impact. It combined two approaches, appreciative inquiry [3] and action research [4] to monitor schools' planning for change. Interim findings demonstrated that teachers were concerned about their students' underachievement in mathematics and how to assess this and that multi-sensory forms of teaching and learning advocated in the program increased students' engage and performance. The adoption of reflective teacher portfolios demonstrated their usefulness for engaging teachers in appreciative inquiry and action research to monitor the implementation and impact of the program in their schools and classrooms.

KEYWORDS
Special Education, Mathematics Intervention Program, Students with Disability, Multi-sensory Learning

Cite this paper
Bronwyn Ewing . "Making Sense of a Trial Maths Intervention Program for Students with Disability in Australia: Interim Report." Universal Journal of Educational Research 4.10 (2016) 2299 - 2311. doi: 10.13189/ujer.2016.041009.