ERIC Number: ED387697
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Breaking the Maths Barrier. A Kit for Building Staff Development Skills in Adult Numeracy.
Marr, Beth; Helme, Sue
This kit is designed to develop the adult numeracy skills of literacy and mathematics trained teachers in Australia using a participatory workshop approach. The kit is divided into five chapters. Each chapter contains theoretical and background information, a sequence of structured activities in which participating teachers actively engage, and materials for them to use with their own students. All activities have been tested with groups of teachers to ensure that they succeed with their target audience. Chapter 1 provides detailed guidelines for planning and conducting a successful staff development activity, from the initial publicity to the final evaluation of the program. Chapter 2 examines the basic mathematics skills needed to function effectively in one's daily life, at home and at work, including measurement, number skills, problem solving, using a calculator, and estimation. Chapter 3 takes up issues of confidence and fear of mathematics and provides guidelines for building a positive attitude to the subject, both for teachers themselves and their students. Chapter 4 examines more closely the teaching strategies themselves, including the following: teaching in context, cooperative learning, the use of hands-on materials and games, as well as strategies for working with mixed ability groups. Chapter 5 examines the relationship between language and mathematics and provides guidelines for successfully integrating literacy and numeracy in the classroom. Contains five references; some chapters also contain references. (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Attitude Change, Basic Skills, Foreign Countries, Instructional Materials, Mathematics Anxiety, Mathematics Skills, Numeracy, Teacher Improvement, Teaching Methods
National Languages and Literacy Institute of Australia, GPO Box 372F, Melbourne, Victoria 3001, Australia ($35 Australian).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Australian Dept. of Employment, Education and Training, Canberra.