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ERIC Number: ED439290
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Mar
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1443-7171
Numeracy Up Front: Behind the International Life Skills Survey.
Tout, Dave
ARIS Resources Bulletin, v11 n1 p1-5 Mar 2000
The numeracy abilities of adults is now part of the 2002 International Life Skills Survey (ILSS) to be administered to representative samples of adults aged 16-65 in participating countries. The Numeracy Working Group has spent more than two years developing a conceptual framework based on the premise that numeracy is the bridge between mathematical knowledge and the real world. Since one cannot assess numeracy directly, the framework focuses on five facets of numerate behavior, which involve: (1) managing a situation or solving a problem in a real context; (2) responding to numeracy situations; (3) having information about mathematical ideas; (4) representing numeracy in a range of ways; and (5) enabling knowledge, behaviors, and processes. A scale that estimates the complexity of numeracy tasks uses the following five factors: complexity of mathematical information or data; type of operation/skill; expected number of operations; plausibility of distractors; and type of match/problem transparency. A pool of 80 assessment items has been developed that satisfies the conceptual framework and facets. Feasibility studies have resulted in 68 "good" items. A problem is that the assessment must be done through a less than ideal paper-and-pencil test. (YLB)
Adult Basic Education Resource and Information Service, National Languages and Literacy Institute of Australia, GPO Box 372F, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 3001 ($20 Australian). Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Adult, Community, and Further Education Board, Melbourne (Australia).
Authoring Institution: National Languages and Literacy Inst. of Australia, Melbourne. Adult Education Resource and Information Service.
Identifiers - Location: Australia