University of Technology Sydney

028289 Numeracy for Lifelong and Lifewide Learning

6cp; 9 x 3hpw (workshops), weekly, on campus; availability: exchange and study abroad students with faculty approval
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This subject is designed for education students to examine and develop their own approaches to learning numeracy for professional, academic and personal purposes. Numeracy is sometimes understood as basic mathematical skills, however, the subject takes a broader sociocultural perspective that views numeracy as what people do with mathematical ideas, methods and skills in a wide range of activities in which people engage. Such a perspective acknowledges there are multiple numeracies, not a single numeracy because numeracy in practice is influenced by its particular social, cultural and historical context. This perspective also recognises that people develop numeracy in different ways because people bring different histories and purposes for developing their numeracy. The influence of globalisation on numeracy practices and mathematics education is also examined as an aspect of the politics of numeracy.

In this subject, students investigate how numeracy practices are constituted socioculturally, mediated through language, mathematics and other symbolic and material tools, and imbued with power relations. Students design and carry out a numeracy investigation around an issue or topic of their choice.

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