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ERIC Number: EJ970194
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 50
ISSN: ISSN-0126-7663
Numeracy, Literacy and Newman's Error Analysis
White, Allan Leslie
Journal of Science and Mathematics Education in Southeast Asia, v33 n2 p129-148 2010
Newman (1977, 1983) defined five specific literacy and numeracy skills as crucial to performance on mathematical word problems: reading, comprehension, transformation, process skills, and encoding. Newman's Error Analysis (NEA) provided a framework for considering the reasons that underlay the difficulties students experienced with mathematical word problems and a process that assisted teachers to determine where misunderstandings occurred. NEA also provided directions for where teachers could target effective teaching strategies to overcome them. NEA experienced a reawakening in Australia and has been included in a number of programs such as the Counting On program in the Australian state of New South Wales. This paper presents findings of a pre-post test given to 1213 students participating in the 2008 Counting On program and examines NEA as a diagnostic tool linking numeracy and literacy and will discuss how teachers have also used NEA as a remediation and general classroom pedagogical strategy for primary and secondary schools. (Contains 3 tables and 2 figures.)
Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization Regional Centre for Education in Science and Mathematics (SEAMEO RECSAM). Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah, 11700 Gelugor, Penang, Malaysia. Tel: +011-60-4-658-3266; Fax: +011-60-4-657-2541; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia