ENHANCING BASIC MATHEMATICAL SKILLS THROUGH TOUCHMATH MULTI-SENSORY PROGRAMME By  Kirandeep Kaur Taneja and Anurag Sankhian

Abstract

Learning is the basis for the foundation of the bright future. Mathematics has always been an important part of education. Not only mathematics serves as a valuable subject of student life, but also serves as a problem solver in the life. Thus, having a good knowledge of mathematics or being able to solve mathematical problems is a need of all social beings. Mathematics, in the curriculum of education and of life, starts with recognition of numbers, basic counting with numbers and then operating with these numbers using different mathematical skills. Mathematical skills, as opposed to concepts, are fundamentally techniques or methods of procedure by which a mathematical operation or problem can be worked out. Thus, it is important for the teachers to teach these skills in a way that enable the students learn and perform well in these skills e.g. by using teaching aids and various teaching methods. Teaching mathematical skills using multi-sensory approach of teaching is one of these teaching methods. TouchMath is basically a multi-sensory approach of teaching mathematical skills using the senses and was developed in 1975 by an elementary school teacher Janet Bullock. TouchMath is beneficial for many struggling students because the use of auditory, visual & tactile strategies in it reinforce the counting techniques. The present paper highlights the significance and process of use of TouchMath programme in teaching of basic mathematical skills of number recognition, addition and subtraction. Keywords: Mathematics, Mathematical skills, TouchMath, Performance.