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ERIC Number: EJ1068250
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jun
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1744-1803
Basic Mathematical Skills and Empowerment: Challenges and Opportunities in Finnish Adult Education
Hassi, Marja-Liisa; Hannula, Aino; Saló i Nevado, Laia
Adults Learning Mathematics, v5 n1 p6-22 Jun 2010
This paper first looks at the contexts and situation of Finnish adult education in basic mathematical skills. Challenges for and observations of adults' learning of basic mathematics in Finland will be illustrated. Studying mathematics and numeracy are considered against its role in social and personal empowerment. Case studies of Finnish adults' experiences of and personal empowerment by learning mathematics are described by using interview data from two different learning contexts. The first case study deals with older women taking basic mathematics courses in a folk high school and the second one describes learning and teaching of basic mathematics in a prison. Finally, suggestions are offered for future perspectives and education research on adults' basic skills in mathematics in Finland.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Finland
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A