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“Number competencies involving symbols are highly predictive of later math success, and early weaknesses in number sense can result in long lasting math difficulties or disabilities,” said Nancy C. Jordan, professor in the University of Delaware’s School of Education.

Jordan is in the midst of a five-year grant from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development to study students at risk for math difficulties and develop interventions to help kindergartners develop number sense. She is also principal investigator of the Center for Improving Learning of Fractions, funded by the Institute for Education Sciences (IES).

To help teachers strengthen the foundation of math skills, Jordan and colleague Nancy Dyson, a researcher in the School of Education, have developed a curriculum called Number Sense Interventions. Read more…