More Trouble with Maths: A Complete Manual to Identifying and Diagnosing Mathematical Difficulties, 2nd Edition (Paperback) book cover

More Trouble with Maths

A Complete Manual to Identifying and Diagnosing Mathematical Difficulties, 2nd Edition

By Steve Chinn


210 pages

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More Trouble with Maths acknowledges that there are many reasons why children and adults are unable to function mathematically. Difficulties include problems with rote learning basic facts and procedures, debilitating anxiety, poor working and short-term memories and mathematics vocabulary. Central to this new edition is a range of standardised tests and diagnostic activities, including a 15 minute test of basic mathematics, a thinking style test, tests of basic fact retrieval and maths anxiety. Guiding the reader in the interpretation of tests, this new edition shows how identifying the barriers to learning is the first step in a programme of intervention. Written in an engaging and user-friendly style, Steve Chinn draws on his extensive experience and expertise to:

  • show how to consider and appraise the many factors relating to mathematical learning difficulties
  • explain how these factors can be investigated
  • explore their impact on learning mathematics.

Emphasising the need for a clinical approach when assessing individuals, this book shows how diagnosis and assessment can become integrated into everyday teaching. This highly practical and relevant resource is a crucial resource for anyone who wants to accurately and effectively identify the depth and nature of mathematical learning difficulties and dyscalculia.


"There is a real need for more in depth practical information about the nature of maths difficulties, how to explore them, how to understand the way in which particular maths related behaviours indicate underlying difficulties and the implications that this has for practice.[..] This book does all of these things and would be of real use to teachers of maths, those who support learners with maths difficulties and those who train teachers. There tends to be a lack of training in additional support needs in general and in maths and vulnerable learners in particular. [..]Steve Chinn is eminently suitable being a leading expert in maths and dyscalculia and a talented and experienced teacher of children with difficulties in maths. " - Dr Tilly Mortimore - Bath Spa University

"Steve’s books are very well respected and well known and are generally the first port of call for someone looking for information on dyscalculia and maths difficulties generally." - Judy Hornigold - Lecturer in Dyscalculia and Dyslexia for the BDA and Edge Hill University. Trainer for Singapore Maths

"Written by the renowned Steve Chinn and described as ‘a complete manual to identifying and diagnosing mathematical difficulties’, this book really does offer a comprehensive toolkit for anyone wanting to understand, assess, diagnose and teach students with mathematical difficulties." - Saira Pester, Special Children

Table of Contents

Foreword by Professor Maggie Snowling 1. Introduction - Dyscalculia 2. Diagnosis, assessment and teaching. 3. The Dyscalculia Checklist 4. Starting the assessment/diagnosis 5. Short term memory and working memory 6. Tests of basic facts 7. Mathematics anxiety 8. The 15 minute norm-referenced mathematics test: Basic computations and algebra designed to compare performances (norm referenced for 7years to 59 years) 9. Errors and the 15 Minute Mathematics Test 10. Cognitive (thinking) style 11. Estimation: A key life skill used to develop more confidence with mathematics 12. Mathematics vocabulary and word problems 13. Criterion-referenced (formative) tests: Focusing on identified problems and showing how to build ongoing diagnosis into teaching 14. Speed of working. The implications of ‘doing mathematics’ quickly 15. Two Sample Reports Appendix 1 A Sample ‘Teacher Observations’ Pro-forma Appendix 2 A Pre-assessment Pro-forma for Parents/Carers Appendix 3 Schools, Colleges, institutions and individuals who provided data for the norm-referenced tests in Chapters 6 and 8 References Index

About the Author

Steve Chinn is a Visiting Professor at the University of Derby and is also author of The Trouble with Maths, third edition and editor of The Routledge International Handbook of Dyscalculia and Mathematical Learning Difficulties.  

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Special Education / Learning Disabilities
EDUCATION / Teaching Methods & Materials / Mathematics
EDUCATION / Inclusive Education