Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 23/03/2012. Tags: Primary School News
Youngsters who are struggling to get to grips with maths problems may be able to benefit from teaching ideas
that include listening to music during lessons.
A study conducted in the US has suggested primary-level pupils who tap out a beat while learning could see their exam scores improve by up to 50 per cent.
Assistant professor of special education at San Francisco State University Susan Courey said: "If students don't understand fractions early on, they often struggle with algebra and mathematical reasoning later in their schooling."
She explained how researchers developed a hands-on curriculum called "Academic Music" that includes musical notation, clapping, drumming and chanting.
This helps pupils understand the value of fractions and teaches them in a different way – relying on symbolism rather than language that may be confusing to some students.
Earlier this week, it was reported by the Irish Examiner that an upskilling course to improve the qualifications of maths teachers in Ireland is set to be delayed until September.
Written by Donal Walsh