A Systematic Literature Review of Empirical Evidence on Students with Mathematics Learning Disabilities

  • Dharshini Gunasegar Fakulti Pendidikan, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Malaysia
  • Anbalagan Devar Devarajah Fakulti Pendidikan, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Malaysia
  • Roslinda Rosli Fakulti Pendidikan, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Malaysia
Keywords: mathematics, learning disabilities, educational interventions, systematic literature review, special education


Mathematics is a particularly important component in our daily life and many students find it as an exceedingly difficult subject to be learned. The similar problem is being faced by special needs students such as those with learning disabilities (LD). This paper provides a current and thorough literature review of the empirical evidence on students with mathematics learning disabilities. The authors conducted the review of literature from the year 2016 to 2020 using Education Resources Information Center (ERIC) as the database. A total of 31 articles were found. Multiple mathematics learning disabilities were identified and the educational interventions that were used vary accordingly. Finding shows that most of the studies focused on technology-based interventions to help students with intellectual disability which includes problem solving and creative thinking. The implications of the study are also discussed in this literature review, which indicates that teachers need to use the appropriate educational interventions to meet the needs of students with learning disabilities and maximize their mathematics learning outcomes in schools.


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How to Cite
Gunasegar, D., Devarajah, A. D. and Rosli, R. (2021) “A Systematic Literature Review of Empirical Evidence on Students with Mathematics Learning Disabilities”, Malaysian Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities (MJSSH), 6(10), pp. 505 - 523. doi: 10.47405/mjssh.v6i10.1063.