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"Numeracy involves using mathematical ideas efficiently to make sense of the world." ― NSW Department of Education and Communities

While it necessarily involves understanding some mathematical ideas, notations and techniques, (numeracy) also involves drawing on knowledge of particular contexts and circumstances in deciding when to use mathematics, choosing the mathematics to use and critically evaluating its use. Each individual’s interpretation of the world draws on understandings of number, measurement, probability, data and spatial sense combined with critical mathematical thinking.

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New Research Article
Dr. Margaret Patterson has a new article entitled “PIAAC numeracy skills and home use among adult English learners" published in the Adult Literacy Education: The International Journal of Literacy, Language, and Numeracy.

Based on the PIAAC Numeracy Framework, the article explores how various skill levels of ELLs use numeracy skills both in the home and electronically while describing characteristics and backgrounds of each group.

Components of Numeracy
From 2006, this is one of the original defining documents by Lynda Ginsburg, Myrna Manly, and Mary Jane Schmitt.

Facing the Challenge of Numeracy in Adult Education
From 2011 by Forrest Chisman.This is another of numeracy’s foundational documents.

Numeracy Issue of Focus on Basics
This 2008 issue of Focus on Basics takes a deeper dive on core Numeracy issues & concepts.

Dan Meyer’s TED Talk: Math Curriculum Makeover
Dan Meyer’s TED Talk on math education hits at the heart of Numeracy.

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
Excellent association for all math teachers to know about.

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