028289 Numeracy for Lifelong and Lifewide Learning6cp; availability: exchange and study abroad students with faculty approval
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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, political 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. Students examine the practical implications of a socio-cultural theorization of numeracy for their own teaching context.
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