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Bibliography - Focus on Maths/Science: Tactile Diagrams


Aherne, Pam & Thornber, Ann
Mathematics for all: An interactive approach within level 1
David Fulton, 1990
ISBN: 1853461660

Barraga, Natalie; Dorward, Barbara; Ford, Peggy
Aids for teaching basic concepts of sensory development
American Printing House for the Blind, 1989

Braille Authority of the United Kingdom. Mathematics committee
Braille mathematics notation
RNIB, 1987
A full guide to the use of the mathematics notation for Braille.

Csocsàn, Emmy; Klingenberg, Oliv; Koskinen, Kajsa-Lena; Sjöstedt, Solveig
Maths "seen" with other eyes: a blind child in the classroom: teacher's guide to mathematics
Ekenas Tryckeri Aktiebolag, 2002
ISBN: 9515013003
Concentrates on primary school level maths for children with visual impairments. 

Edman, Polly K
Tactile graphics
AFB, 1992
ISBN: 0891281940

Fletcher, R C
Teaching of science and mathematics to the blind: with section on raised diagrams
Richard Jones, 1973
A report to the Viscount Nuffield Auxilliary fund.

Hinton, Ron
New ways with diagrams: thermoformed tactile diagrams: a manual for teachers and technicians
RNIB, 1988
ISBN: 0901797251
This manual is the result of work by the Tactile Diagrams Research project at Loughborough University.

Hinton, Ron
Tactile graphics in education (Sensory Series No 6)
Moray House Publications, 1996
ISBN: 0901580775
Sensory Series No 6.

Millar, Susanna
Reading by touch
Routledge, 1997
ISBN: 041506838X

Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB)
Numeracy for all
RNIB, 2000
Leaflet outlining the RNIB's strategy for promoting numeracy amongst children who are visually impaired.

Royal National Institute of the Blind (RNIB)
Using the Braille mathematics code
RNIB, 2007
ISBN: 1858786649 9781858786643
Written for teachers this booklet covers the braille needed for maths topics and conventions up to GCSE level.

Scottish Mathematics Group (VI)
Adaptations for the teaching and examination of mathematics for visually impaired and blind students
Scottish Mathematics Group (VI), 1998
Recommends adaptations to be used, including use of tactile diagrams,  solid objects and specialist equipment.

Southall, Peter ... [et al]
Simplified version of Braille Mathematics notation
Dorton House, nd
A simplified version for primary and lower secondary level mathematics. Includes many examples.

Womack, David
Developing mathematical and scientific thinking in young children
Cassell, 1988
ISBN: 0304313971
A general look at developing mathematical concepts with children who have a variety of special needs Series: Special needs in ordinary schools



Ahlberg, Ann & Csocsan, Emmy
How children who are blind experience numbers
Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness Sept 1999, Vol 93(9), p549-560
Report of a qualitative study into the ways in which 25 blind children aged 5-9 dealt with different types of elementary mathematical problems.

Aldrich, Frances & Hindle, Yvonne
Tactile graphics: problem or solution?
Visability Autumn 2003, No 39, p25

Aldrich, Frances K & Sheppard, Linda
Tactile graphics in school education: perspectives from pupils
British Journal of Visual Impairment May 2001, Vol 19 (2), p69

Aldrich, Frances; Sheppard, Linda; Hindle, Yvonne
First steps towards a model of tactile graphicacy
British Journal of Visual Impairment May 2002, Vol 20 (2) p62

Argyropoulos, Vassilios S
Tactual shape perception in relation to the understanding of geometrical concepts by blind students
British Journal of Visual Impairment January 2002, Vol 20 (1), p7

Armstrong, Jenni ... [et al]
Maths games
Visability Spring 2005, No 43, p15-16
Ideas for adapting games to reinforce mathematics learning.

Arnold, Alison
In touch with numeracy? Adapting to the National Numeracy Strategy to include children with severe visual impairment
Visability Summer 2000, No 29, p8-11
Specialist teaching and adaptation of curriculum materials for pupils with a visual impairment in a mainstream classroom.

Birtle, Alison
Maths lessons with Nina
Visability Spring 2005, No 43, p8-10
Teaching maths to a child with Leber's Amaurosis and additional learning difficulties.

Brown, Norman & Sockett, Liz
Touching science: a partnership for innovation
New Beacon December 1999, No 981, p4

Clamp, Sue
Producing mathematics GCSE examination papers in large print and Braille
Visability Spring 2005, No 43, p8-10
Adapting mathematics examination papers for children who require large print, modified large print and Braille.

Clamp, Sue & Snee, Paul
Equipped for access
Visability Spring 1995, No 13, p21
Looks at equipment which will help visually impaired children to learn mathematics.

Cobb, Rory
Using tactile diagrams
Visability Summer 1994, No 11, p15
Advice on the use and production of tactile diagrams.

Dulin, David
Effects of prior experience in raised line materials and prior visual experience in length estimations by blind people
British Journal of Visual Impairment September 2008, Vol 26 (3), p223-237
Visually impaired people were studied in their ability to judge distances in raised line materials.  Increased use of these materials showed an improvement in the mental imagery skills of the participants.

Heller, Morton A ... [et al]
Visual experience and the haptic horizontal-vertical illusion
British Journal of Visual Impairment September 2002, Vol 20 (3), p105

Hinton, Ronald
First introductions to tactiles
British Journal of Visual Impairment November 1991, Vol 9 (3), p79

McCallum, Don; Ungar, Simon; Jehoel, Sandra
Evaluation of tactile directional symbols
British Journal of Visual Impairment May 2006, Vol 24 (2), p83-92
A study of the effectiveness of different designs of symbols used in tactile diagrams and maps.

McDonald, Suzy & Spybey, David
Mathematics for visually impaired students: Learning, teaching, supporting and managing
Visability Summer 2000, No 29, p5-7
A review of a focus day held to discuss ideas, issues, strategies and projects to help in teaching mathematics to children with visual impairments.

Ramsay, Angus I G & Petrie, Helen
Tactile depiction of visual conventions: the advantage of explicit cues
British Journal of Visual Impairment January 2000, Vol 18 (1) p7

Sheppard, Linda & Aldrich, Frances K
Tactile graphics in school education: perspectives from teachers
British Journal of Visual Impairment September 2001, Vol 19 (3), p93

Spybey, David
Maths resources: thoughts from a secondary school mathematics teacher
Visability Spring 2005, No 43, p17-18
Looks at the equipment available for assisting visually impaired children to learn Maths.

Sweeting, Julie
Planning the daily mathematics lesson
Visability Spring 2005, No 43, p5-7
Describes the "Three wave approach" of the National Numeracy strategy and how it can help meet the needs of children with visual impairments in the daily maths lesson.

Thompson, Leanne & Chronicle, Edward
Beyond visual conventions: rethinking the design of tactile diagrams
British Journal of Visual Impairment May 2006, Vol 24 (2), p76-82
Looks at the design of tactile graphics taking into account the transfer of visual conventions such as 'perspective' for people who have little or no visual experience.

Wilson, Claire
Numeracy resources for Moon users
Visability Summer 2000, No 29, p19
Numbers for moon users are explored.