ERIC Number: ED423431
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
Adults Count Too. Mathematics for Empowerment.
This book examines the low level of numeracy in Britain, reasons why numeracy is critical, and the forces affecting adults. Section 1 describes the educational environment in which adults learn mathematics. Chapters 1-2 explore the role and purposes of adult education and identify characteristics of and influences on learners and teachers. Section 2 outlines the wider disciplinary, social, political, and cultural context. Chapters 3-7 examine the following: underlying beliefs about numeracy; learners, teachers, and curriculum; their goals and effect on learning and teaching approaches of cultural, political, and educational forces and experiences or philosophies of mathematics. Section 3 looks at factors affecting adults learning mathematics. Chapters 8-15 explore the following: the low level of adults' confidence and knowledge of mathematics; the fundamental damage this may do to a democratic society; the concept of discourse and its use in teaching mathematics to adults; the importance of recognizing and valuing diversity through culture; and how adults acquire very effective practical mathematics skills located in their own lives and culture but have difficulty transferring them into formal academic mathematics. Section 4 (chapter 16) builds on an increased awareness of the framework in which adults learn mathematics to move to developing a more emancipatory curriculum. The book contains 362 references and an index. (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Learning, Cultural Pluralism, Curriculum Development, Educational Environment, Empowerment, Foreign Countries, Mathematics Anxiety, Mathematics Curriculum, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Skills, Nontraditional Education, Numeracy
National Institute of Adult Continuing Education, 21 De Montfort Street, Leicester LE1 7GE, United Kingdom (14.95 pounds).
Publication Type: Books; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Inst. of Adult Continuing Education, Leicester (England).
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Great Britain)