ERIC Number: ED478971
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
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Learning Outcomes: Skills or Function?
Ciancone, Tom; Tout, Dave
Participants in a teacher workshop compared these two approaches to learning outcomes in adult numeracy: (1) teaching mathematical skills and (2) using and applying mathematics from real life. The first approach was illustrated by an Ontario, Canada, program based on traditional school math, whose outcomes are skill-based and are the following: perform basic operations with numbers, use measurements, solve geometric problems, manage data and probability, and use patterning and algebra. The second approach was illustrated by an Australian program that uses social purpose and meaningful context of mathematics and whose outcomes are organized in these four categories: (1) numeracy for practical purposes; (2) numeracy for interpreting society; (3) numeracy for personal organization and (4) numeracy for knowledge. The attendees participated in developing teaching ideas, using the learning outcomes, and a final discussion. The participants agreed that the Ontario outcomes are based on math and the Australia outcomes on context. Teachers who preferred traditional math curriculum preferred the Ontario program, while more holistic approach teachers preferred the Australia program. Teachers who are not math trained might find the Australia program easier to work with. If a balance between function and skill development is sought, the Australian program may better represent the aims and ideals of adult basic education. (SLR)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Basic Skills, Comparative Analysis, Competency Based Education, Conventional Instruction, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Evaluation, Educational Objectives, Mathematical Applications, Mathematics Curriculum, Mathematics Skills, Numeracy, Outcomes of Education, Relevance (Education), Teacher Knowledge, Teacher Workshops, Teaching Methods, Teaching Styles
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Australia; Canada