Dave Tout on Numeracy

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Dave Tout is one of Australia's best-known experts in the field of adult numeracy. He gave the first session in our series of webinars for the LLN Community Educator Network (LLNCEN).

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Dave Tout on Numeracy

  1. 1. What’s the problem - teaching numeracy?Strategies for teaching Maths and Numeracy<br />Dave Tout, ACER<br />tout@acer.edu.au<br />
  2. 2. Welcome<br />Q. 1 Where are you from? Use the clipart button to put a tick next to your state/territory<br /><ul><li>TAS
  3. 3. VIC
  4. 4. NSW
  5. 5. ACT
  6. 6. QLD
  7. 7. NT
  8. 8. SA
  9. 9. WA</li></li></ul><li>Welcome<br />Q. 2 Do you (mainly) teach:<br />Literacy<br />ESL<br />Numeracy?<br />Vote by clicking on your selection.<br />Q. 3 How many years having you been teaching adults?<br />< 2<br />2 – 5<br />6 – 10<br />> 10<br />Vote by clicking on your selection.<br />
  10. 10. Why is numeracy vital?<br />
  11. 11. Why is numeracy vital?<br />
  12. 12. Why is numeracy vital?<br />
  13. 13. Why is numeracy vital?<br />
  14. 14. Why is numeracy vital?The messages from the ALL survey<br />Number and proportion of persons in each group with skill levels 1 or 2<br />Numeracy scale<br /> 1,000s %<br />Australia:<br /> 7,935.652.5<br />Gender:<br />47.5% of males are at levels 1 or 2<br />57.6% of females are at levels 1 or 2 <br />A difference of over 10%!<br />
  15. 15. What is numeracy?<br /><ul><li>Numeracy is the bridge between mathematics and the real world
  16. 16. Numeracy is about making meaning of mathematics and therefore maths is seen as a critical tool to be used efficiently and effectively – and it can be low level maths through to high level maths
  17. 17. Numeracy is about using maths for social purposes (personal, community, work, further education)</li></li></ul><li>What is numeracy?<br />Lynn A. Steen, probably the most articulate spokesperson for Quantitative Literacy/Numeracy, states that:<br />"...numeracy is not the same as mathematics, nor is it an alternative to mathematics. Today's students need both mathematics and numeracy. Whereas mathematics asks students to rise above context, quantitative literacy is anchored in real data that reflect engagement with life's diverse contexts and situations.<br />
  18. 18. Teaching numeracy<br /><ul><li>Teach in context – connect to the real world – use real texts and real situations – get students to solve real problems
  19. 19. Use different strategies and activities – cater for different learning styles – encourage team work
  20. 20. Start from where students are at – allow for different levels, different interests
  21. 21. Scaffold and model – support the learners
  22. 22. Integrate with literacy teaching and activities (and assessment)
  23. 23. Make the maths skills explicit
  24. 24. Use individual, small and whole group activities
  25. 25. Connect language and maths – crucial
  26. 26. Build confidence – have fun and success!</li></li></ul><li>Teaching numeracy/mathematics<br />http://www.bestevidence.org.uk/:<br />The results of their review (for secondary school maths ages 12-18) show that:<br /><ul><li> the most successful programmes focus on changing daily teaching practices, particularly the use of co-operative learning methods
  27. 27. the most successful programmes encourage student interaction.</li></li></ul><li>Some contexts – shopping and $s<br />
  28. 28. Some contexts – sports<br />
  29. 29. Some contexts – cars/driving<br />
  30. 30. Some contexts – maps/directions<br />
  31. 31. Some contexts – stats/data<br />Supermarket Customer Satisfaction<br />
  32. 32. Some contexts – medicine<br />
  33. 33. Numeracy counts in the workplace<br />And in workplaces they use:<br /><ul><li>Measurement, including of areas and volumes
  34. 34. Numbers in all forms – whole, fractions, decimals, percentages
  35. 35. Quantities – rates, $/m, $/m3 etc
  36. 36. Statistics – tables, graphs, averages
  37. 37. Geometry and shapes
  38. 38. And yes, they do use algebra!!</li></li></ul><li>What are some questions you could ask based on this text?<br />At different ACSF levels?<br />
  39. 39. What maths areas can be covered?<br /><ul><li>Number and algebra?
  40. 40. Measurement and geometry?
  41. 41. Statistics and probability?</li></li></ul><li>In the classroom?<br />Context work – application<br />Projects/investigations/demonstrations<br />Theory, Skills & knowledge<br />Skills & practice<br />Whole & small group<br />Skills & practice<br />Individual work<br />
  42. 42. In the classroom?<br /><ul><li>Fun and games – e.g. dice games (multidigit etc)
  43. 43. Small group work – e.g. solving problems, playing games, working together – talking, helping and sharing
  44. 44. Whole group work – e.g. student(s) presenting, teacher presenting/revising, playing games, group discussion, etc
  45. 45. Individual work - e.g. working on project, solving problems, revision, practice </li></li></ul><li>Fun and games<br />
  46. 46. Some resources<br />See Handouts for a list of resources<br />
  47. 47. Questions?<br />

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