ERIC Number: EJ694444
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jan
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Learning Difficulties in Numeracy in Australia
van Kraayenoord, C. E.; Elkins, J.
Journal of Learning Disabilities, v37 n1 p32-41 Jan 2004
In this article, we provide an understanding of the term "numeracy" as it is used in Australia and a description of numeracy education in this country. In particular, we discuss the role of outcomes-based curriculum frameworks and outline the dominant teaching approaches. The focus is on students with learning difficulties and how they are identified and supported in schools. We create two vignettes based on real students with difficulties in numeracy, which highlight two of the most common problems. We report on the prevalence of learning difficulties in numeracy in Australia and describe some of the initiatives related to the assessment and enhancement of learning in numeracy that are being undertaken in various states in Australia. Finally, we identify some of the future challenges facing the Australian education system in this area. These challenges relate to teacher knowledge, mandated assessment, and the role of parents. We conclude the article by calling for the evaluation of current assessment and intervention initiatives as well as the development of a national program to support the goal of numeracy for all students.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teacher Characteristics, Teaching Methods, Parent Role, National Programs, Learning Problems, Numeracy
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Identifiers - Location: Australia