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ERIC Number: EJ783359
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 20
ISSN: ISSN-0009-4056
Numeracy Strategies for African American Students: Successful Partnerships
Powell, Angiline; Anderson, Celia-Rousseau
Childhood Education, v84 n2 p70 Win 2007
Formerly, literacy was considered the basic ability to read and write. Now, literacy is defined as "an individual's ability to read, write, speak in English, compute and solve problems at levels of proficiency necessary to function on the job, in the family of the individual and in society." With this broader definition, mathematical literacy, or numeracy, can be and is considered essential for everyday living. In this article, the authors point to ways that educators and parents can work in partnership to improve the mathematics achievement of African American students. Although the recommendations would likely support the learning of all students, the ongoing gap in achievement and attainment in mathematics indicates a need to focus attention specifically on ensuring African American students' mathematical literacy. The authors seek to offer a set of concrete steps to support parents' involvement in their children's education. Parental involvement refers to a wide range of activities and connections among schools, families, and communities. Suggestions for teachers to help engage parents' focus on parenting, communicating, and learning at home are included.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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