ERIC Number: ED396156
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-May
Instructional Strategies for Teaching Adult Numeracy Skills.
Ginsburg, Lynda; Gal, Iddo
This report identifies 13 instructional strategies for teaching adult numeracy skills that address issues of assessment, development of mathematical skills, and development of problem-solving skills. The rationale and suggestions regarding the following 13 instructional principles are described: address and evaluate attitudes and beliefs about learning and using math; determine what students already know about a topic before starting instruction; develop understanding by providing opportunities to explore ideas with representations and hands-on activities; encourage development and practice of estimation skills; emphasize mental math as a legitimate alternative computational strategy and encourage development of mental math skills; view computation as a tool for problem solving; encourage use of multiple solution strategies; develop students' calculator skills and foster familiarity with computer technology; provide opportunities for group work; link numeracy and literacy instruction; situate problem-solving tasks within meaningful, realistic contexts; develop students' skills in interpreting numerical or graphical information in documents and text; and assess a broad range of skills, reasoning processes, and dispositions, using a range of methods. A final section discusses implications, namely that their implementation will necessitate a reevaluation and redefinition of teachers' roles within the classroom and will require both collegial and institutional support. (Contains 33 references.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Classroom Techniques, Computation, Evaluation Methods, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Skills, Numeracy, Problem Solving, Skill Development, Student Evaluation, Teaching Methods
National Center on Adult Literacy, Publications, 3910 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-3111 (order no. TR96-02).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center on Adult Literacy, Philadelphia, PA.