ERIC Number: ED300239
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Reference Count: 0
Can We Stand and Deliver? Mathematical Literacy in the Workplace.
Stage, Elizabeth; And Others
This document, prepared for a seminar for education reporters, consists of a presentation followed by reactions from three other persons. The presentation first considers mathematics literacy from the perspective of future workforce needs. The requirements for many jobs are increasing due to the introduction of technology, while an informed citizenry needs increased quantitative reasoning skills for such things as reading a newspaper and analyzing voter information. The need for a changing mathematics curriculum and changing classroom instruction, with the emphasis on understanding, is discussed, but the barriers to change are also considered, with a number of illustrations. The role of education reporters in developing public awareness of the need for change is then noted. Reactions and additional comments include other illustrations of the changing role of mathematics in the workplace and society. (Twenty-seven references are listed.) (MNS)
Descriptors: Elementary School Mathematics, Elementary Secondary Education, Mathematical Applications, Mathematics Curriculum, Mathematics Education, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Skills, Secondary School Mathematics, Teacher Effectiveness, Teaching Methods
Education Writers Association, 1001 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20036.
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Institute for Educational Leadership, Washington, DC.; John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Chicago, IL.
Authoring Institution: Education Writers Association, Washington, DC.
Note: Paper and Comments presented at the Annual Meeting of the Education Commission of the States (Baltimore, MD, August 11, 1988). A paper commissioned by the Media Resource Project on Literacy of the Education Writers Association.