Research Conference 2023 - Masterclass 3

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Essential for some, good for all: Learning through play and dyscalculia  

Price per person: $380 (incl GST)
Full price $440 PP
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Sunday 3 September 9:00am – 12:00pm
Lead facilitator: Rachel Parker, ACER  

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Essential for some, good for all: Learning through play and dyscalculia  

Sunday 3 September 9:00am – 12:00pm
Lead Facilitator: Rachel Parker, ACER

Every classroom is likely to have 2 or 3 children with dyscalculia. How can you identify students with this learning disability? 

Come and hear Rachel Parker, Senior Research Fellow at the Australian Council for Educational Research, present contemporary research on this topic and answer all your questions about the cause, diagnosis, and playful interventions for children with dyscalculia.  

  • What is dyscalculia and how has neuroscience research moved the field forward? 
  • How do you know if your students (or if you) have dyscalculia?  
  • How do playful pedagogies help children with dyscalculia to thrive in math? 


Part 1: Introduction to Dyscalculia:
Introduction to dyscalculia, including how to identify students with dyscalculia and activities to differentiate between dyscalculia and other maths learning difficulties. 

Part 2: Playful interventions and real-world learning 
Presentation of a range of playful interventions and real-world examples of people who live with dyscalculia and have achieved highly in math. 


Participating in this workshop will help you to support all students in your class and expand your pedagogical skills as you learn that effective treatments benefit everyone.  Note that no prior knowledge of the subject is required. You will be asked to complete a pre and post questionnaire designed to help inform future quality improvements. 

Rachel Parker is a senior researcher at ACER currently working with the LEGO Foundation on research about playful teaching practice at school. Rachel draws on 20 years’ experience working across the Asia-Pacific region on educational development and research programs for clients including UNICEF, the World Bank, & the Australian Government.  

This masterclass was developed with support from the University of Melbourne’s Maths Learning Difficulties and Dyscalculia Service and the LEGO Foundation.  

Global leaders in education practice, policy and research come together to explore how to improve the continuity of learning from birth to 12 years.

It will bring together leading international and Australian researchers to provide insights into the best ways to identify, conceptualise, develop and assess these new linages for learning.

The Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) is an independent, not-for-profit research organisation that has been supporting the transformation of the education sector for more than 90 years. Our mission is to create and promote research-based knowledge, products and services that can be used to improve learning across the life span.

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