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ERIC Number: EJ998851
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 13
ISSN: ISSN-0045-0685
Mathematics and Numeracy--Is There a Difference?
Australian Mathematics Teacher, v68 n4 p8-11 2012
The term "numeracy" seems to be commonly used in discussions about school mathematics education these days. It is not altogether clear what various school systems intend "numeracy" to mean and whether or not it is meant to replace the term "mathematics", whether it is just one part of mathematics or whether it is meant to signify something else in addition to school mathematics. In the author's work around the country on various projects concerned with numeracy across the curriculum, groups of primary and secondary teachers frequently want to ask the question posed in the title. The ensuing conversations are further complicated by the fact that there have been, and still are, many differences in the way people perceive and define numeracy and varying degrees of understanding about mathematics itself. Nor is there agreement on this question outside Australia. For example, while the term "numeracy" is often used in Australia, the same term is often used in the UK and many US educators use the term "quantitative literacy", it is not clear that any of these have the same meaning, or even consistent meanings. This article offers two tasks for the reader. The first task provides some relevant quotations for the reader to read and think about, while the second asks the reader to classify various activities. (Contains 1 footnote.)
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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; United Kingdom; United States