Mr Jack Clearman
Dyscalculia, a maths learning disorder, is not well understood. The traditional view holds an approximate number system (ANS) to be the core deficit leading to the isolated poor math skills in students otherwise normal in intelligence. But this view disregards the heterogeneous nature of dyscalculia, and is currently under debate.
Jack's work will continue to verge away from traditional views of dyscalculia through primary investigations of working memory. The cognitive process that allows us to store, manipulate, and recall information over short periods of time has been linked to mathematical ability in early education. Yet tangible relationships have not been studied closely. To do so, Jack will examine the modalities of working memory in relation to mathematical skill, building a data set to help better understand how the processes are related. This foundation will then be applied to dyscalculiac groups in the latter part of his PhD.
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