We have been systematically monitoring the literature on MLD since 2008. In this page, we publish the references of this watch by year of publication.

The selected articles have been published in one of the journals of category A*, A or B of the European Mathematical Society (Toerner & Arzarello, 2012) :

  • Educational Studies in Mathematics (ESM)
  • Journal for Research in Mathematics Education (JRME)
  • For the Learning of Mathematics (FLM)
  • Journal of Mathematical Behavior (The) (JMB)
  • Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education (JMTE)
  • Mathematical Thinking and Learning (MTL)
  • The International Journal on Mathematics Education (ZDM)
  • International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology (IJMEST)
  • International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education (IJSME)
  • Mathematics Education Research Journal (MERJ)
  • Recherches en Didactique des Mathématiques (RDM)
  • Research in Mathematics Education (RME)

The detailed description of the selection method of the watch articles is reported in Deruaz et al. (2020).

A detailed analysis of the results for the years 2007-2016 is described in Deruaz et al. (2020).


Alghamdi, A., Jitendra, A.K. & Lein, A.E. (2020). Teaching students with mathematics disabilities to solve multiplication and division word problems: the role of schema-based instruction. ZDM Mathematics Education, 52, 125–137. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11858-019-01078-0

Deruaz, M., Dias, T., Gardes, M. L., Gregorio, F., Ouvrier-Buffet, C., Peteers, F., & Robotti, E. (2020). Exploring MLD in mathematics education: Ten years of research. The Journal of Mathematical Behavior, 60https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jmathb.2020.100807

Dibbs, R. A., Hott, B. L., Martin, A., Raymond, L., & Kline, T. (2020). Combining like terms: A qualitative meta-synthesis of Algebra I interventions in mathematics and special education. International Journal of Education in Mathematics, Science and Technology (IJEMST), 8(3), 219-232. https://doi.org/10.46328/ijemst.v8i3.862

Hughes, E. M., Riccomini, P. J., & Lee, J. Y. (2020). Investigating written expressions of mathematical reasoning for students with learning disabilities. The Journal of Mathematical Behavior, 58https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jmathb.2020.100775

Hunt, J., & Silva, J. (2020). Emma’s negotiation of number: Implicit intensive intervention. Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, 51(3), 334-360. https://doi.org/10.5951/jresemtheduc-2019-0067

Im, S. H., & Jitendra, A. K. (2020). Analysis of proportional reasoning and misconceptions among students with mathematical learning disabilities. The Journal of Mathematical Behavior, 57https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jmathb.2019.100753

Lambert, R., Tan, P. (2020). Does disability matter in mathematics educational research? A critical comparison of research on students with and without disabilities. Math Ed Res J, 32, 5–35. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13394-019-00299-6

Lewis, K. E., Sweeney, G., Thompson, G. M., & Adler, R. M. (2020). Integer number sense and notation: A case study of a student with a mathematics learning disability. The Journal of Mathematical Behavior, 59https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jmathb.2020.100797

Liu, H. (2020). Low-numerate adults, motivational factors in learning, and their employment, education and training status in Germany, the US, and South Korea. ZDM Mathematics Education, 52, 419–431. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11858-019-01108-x

Peteers, F. (2020). Apports croisés de la didactique et de la cognition numérique pour l’étude des troubles d’apprentissages en mathématiques. Recherches en Didactique des Mathematiques, 40(2). https://revue-rdm.com/2020/apports-croises-de-la-didactique-%E2%80%A8et-de-la-cognition-numerique-pour-letude-des-troubles-des-apprentissages-en-mathematiques/

Powell, S. R., Berry, K. A., & Benz, S. A. (2020). Analyzing the word-problem performance and strategies of students experiencing mathematics difficulty. The Journal of Mathematical Behavior, 58https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jmathb.2020.100759

Powell, S.R., Berry, K.A. & Barnes, M.A. (2020). The role of pre-algebraic reasoning within a word-problem intervention for third-grade students with mathematics difficulty. ZDM Mathematics Education, 52, 151–163. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11858-019-01093-1

Xin, Y. P., Park, J. Y., Tzur, R., & Si, L. (2020). The impact of a conceptual model-based mathematics computer tutor on multiplicative reasoning and problem-solving of students with learning disabilities. The Journal of Mathematical Behavior, 58https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jmathb.2020.100762

Yeh, C., Ellis, M., & Mahmood, D. (2020). From the margin to the center: A framework for rehumanizing mathematics education for students with dis/abilities. The Journal of Mathematical Behavior, 58https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jmathb.2020.100758


Baten, E., Desoete, A. (2019). Metacognition and motivation in school-aged children with and without mathematical learning disabilities in Flanders. ZDM Mathematics Education, 51, 679–689. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11858-018-01024-6

Hacker, D.J., Kiuhara, S.A. & Levin, J.R. (2019). A metacognitive intervention for teaching fractions to students with or at-risk for learning disabilities in mathematics. ZDM Mathematics Education, 51, 601–612. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11858-019-01040-0

Lucangeli, D., Fastame, M.C., Pedron, M. et al. Metacognition and errors: the impact of self-regulatory trainings in children with specific learning disabilities. ZDM Mathematics Education 51, 577–585 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11858-019-01044-w

Xin, Y.P. The effect of a conceptual model-based approach on ‘additive’ word problem solving of elementary students struggling in mathematics. ZDM Mathematics Education, 51, 139–150. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11858-018-1002-9


Bunck, M.J.A., Terlien, E., van Groenestijn, M., Toll, S.W.M., & Van Luit, J.E.H. (2019). Observing and analyzing children’s mathematical development, based on action theory. Educ Stud Math, 96, 289–304 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10649-017-9763-6


Lewis, K. E., & Fisher, M. B. (2016). Taking stock of 40 years of research on mathematical learning disability: methodological issues and future direction. Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, 47(4), 338–371. https://doi.org/10.5951/jresematheduc.47.4.0338

Ginsburg, H. P., Lee, Y. S., & Pappas, S. (2016). Using the clinical interview and curriculum based measurement to examine risk levels. ZDM Mathematics Education, 48(7), 1031–1048. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11858-016-0802-z

Hord, C., Tzur, R., Xin, Y. P., Si, L., Kenney, R. H., & Woodward, J. (2016). Overcoming a 4th grader’s challenges with working-memory via constructivist-based pedagogy and strategic scaffolds: Tia’s solutions to challenging multiplicative tasks. The Journal of Mathematical Behavior, 44, 13–33. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jmathb.2016.09.002

Hunt, J. H., Tzur, R., & Westenskow, A. (2016). Evolution of unit fraction conceptions in two fifth-graders with a learning disability: An exploratory study. Mathematical Thinking and Learning, 18(3), 182–208. https://doi.org/10.1080/10986065.2016.1183089

Hunt, J. H., Westenskow, A., Silva, J., & Welch-Ptak, J. (2016). Levels of participatory conception of fractional quantity along a purposefully sequenced series of equal sharing tasks: Stu’s trajectory. The Journal of Mathematical Behavior, 41, 45–67. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jmathb.2015.11.004

Scherer, P., Beswick, K., DeBlois, L., Healy, L., & Opitz, E. M. (2016). Assistance of students with mathematical learning difficulties: how can research support practice? ZDM Mathematics Education, 48, 633–649. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11858-016-0800-1


Hunt, J. H. (2015). Notions of equivalence through ratios: Students with and without learning disabilities. The Journal of Mathematical Behavior, 37, 94–105. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jmathb.2014.12.002

Jankvist, U. T., & Niss, M. (2015). A framework for designing a research-based “maths counsellor” teacher programme. Educational Studies in Mathematics, 90(3), 259–284. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10649-015-9629-8

Lambert, R. (2015). Constructing and resisting disability in mathematics classrooms: a case study exploring the impact of different pedagogies. Educational Studies in Mathematics, 89(1), 1–18. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10649-014-9587-6

Pfister, M., Opitz, E. M., & Pauli, C. (2015). Scaffolding for mathematics teaching in inclusive primary classrooms: A video study. ZDM Mathematics Education, 47(7), 1079–1092. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11858-015-0713-4

Salminen, J., Koponen, T., Räsänen, P., & Aro, M. (2015). Preventive support for kindergarteners most at-risk for mathematics difficulties: Computer-assisted intervention. Mathematical Thinking and Learning, 17(4), 273–295. https://doi.org/10.1080/10986065.2015.1083837


Lewis, K. E. (2014). Difference not deficit: Reconceptualizing mathematical learning disabilities. Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, 45(3), 351–396. https://doi.org/10.5951/jresematheduc.45.3.0351

Van Garderen, D., Scheuermann, A., & Poch, A. (2014). Challenges students identified with a learning disability and as high-achieving experience when using diagrams as a visualization tool to solve mathematics word problems. ZDM Mathematics Education, 46(1), 135–149. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11858-013-0519-1


Bouck, E. C., Joshi, G. S., & Johnson, L. (2013). Examining calculator use among students with and without disabilities educated with different mathematical curricula. Educational Studies in Mathematics, 83(3), 369–385. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10649-012-9461-3

Heyd-Metzuyanim, E. (2013). The co-construction of learning difficulties in mathematics—teacher—student interactions and their role in the development of a disabled mathematical identity. Educational Studies in Mathematics, 83(3), 341–368. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10649-012-9457-z

Holmes, W., & Dowker, A. (2013). Catch up numeracy: a targeted intervention for children who are low-attaining in mathematics. Research in mathematics education, 15(3), 249–265. https://doi.org/10.1080/14794802.2013.803779


Gifford, S., & Rockliffe, F. (2012). Mathematics difficulties: does one approach fit all? Research in Mathematics Education, 14(1), 1–15. https://doi.org/10.1080/14794802.2012.657436


Butterworth, B., & Laurillard, D. (2010). Low numeracy and dyscalculia: Identification and intervention. ZDM Mathematics Education, 42(6), 527–539. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11858-010-0267-4


Xin, Y. P. (2008). The effect of schema-based instruction in solving mathematics word problems: An emphasis on prealgebraic conceptualization of multiplicative relations. Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, 39(5), 526–551. https://doi.org/10.5951/jresematheduc.39.5.0526