028289 Numeracy for Lifelong and Lifewide Learning
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Credit points: 6 cp
Result type: Grade, no marks
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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.
Subject learning objectives (SLOs)
|a.||Explain and compare different theoretical perspectives and approaches in numeracy education.|
|b.||Describe and evaluate different pedagogic practices in numeracy education for specific communities with reference to theory.|
|c.||Design and justify a program and resources for teaching numeracy to a defined group of learners.|
|d.||Produce written accounts with coherent structure, clarity of expression, and integrated reference to key literature.|
Course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)
This subject engages with the following Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs), which are tailored to the Graduate Attributes set for all graduates of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.
- Graduates have advanced skills and knowledge of linguistics, literacy and numeracy, pedagogy and curricula to teach in their specialised contexts. (1.1)
- Graduates are able to review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise ideas relevant to TESOL, literacy and/or numeracy teaching and apply these skills to problem solve in their professional practice. (2.1)
- Graduates are linguistically and culturally sensitive to local and international contexts of language education and can apply their sensitivity in their professional practice. (3.1)
- Graduates are able to engage with key issues in public debates about language, literacy and/or numeracy education. (5.1)
- Graduates have well-developed communication skills for relevant academic and professional contexts. (6.1)
Contribution to the development of graduate attributes
This subject addresses the following Course Intended Learning Outcomes:
1. Professional Readiness
1.1 Graduates have advanced skills and knowledge of linguistics, literacy and numeracy, pedagogy and curricula to teach in their specialised contexts.
2. Critical and Creative Inquiry
2.1 Graduates are able to review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise ideas relevant to TESOL, literacy and/or numeracy teaching and apply these skills to problem solve in their professional practice.
3. International and Intercultural Engagement
3.1 Graduates are linguistically and culturally sensitive to local and international contexts of language education and can apply their sensitivity in their professional practice.
5. Active Citizenship
5.1 Graduates are able to engage with key issues in public debates about language, literacy and/or numeracy education.
6. Effective Communication
6.1 Graduates have well-developed communication skills for relevant academic and professional contexts.
Teaching and learning strategies
Teaching and learning will take place through weekly online lecture videos, four blocks of 3 hour tutorials and students' out of class learning activities.
Teaching strategies in this subject involve:
- Online lectures to introduce, contextualize and illustrate new theoretical ideas.
- Scaffolding of readings, learning activities and assessment tasks.
- Facilitation of student discussions and learning activities in tutorials.
- Formative feedback on students’ understanding of concepts and tasks.
Learning strategies in this subject involve:
- Group based investigative activities of numeracy practices.
- Independent reading of specified academic texts and numeracy investigations.
- Group based discussions about ideas from the readings.
The content of the subject is organised around a range of questions about the relationship of numeracy to people’s lives and their socio-cultural contexts, including:
Unit 1: Why numeracy, and not maths?
- Numeracy for lifelong and lifewide learning
- Critical numeracy for social justice and empowerment
Unit 2: Why take a socio-cultural perspective of numeracy?
- Funds of knowledge
How does numeracy help people negotiate their lives?
- Climate change numeracy
- Statistical numeracy
- Financial numeracy
- Workplace numeracy
- Health numeracy
Assessment task 1: Socio-cultural concepts of numeracy teaching and learning
a, b and d
1500 words (excluding reference list)
|Criteria linkages:|| |
SLOs: subject learning objectives
CILOs: course intended learning outcomes
Assessment task 2: Numeracy as a lifelong and lifewide resource
b, c and d
1500 words (excluding references and appendices)
|Criteria linkages:|| |
SLOs: subject learning objectives
CILOs: course intended learning outcomes
Students will be provided with a list of required weekly subject readings that will be available to them on CANVAS.
Abbott, E.A. (2006). Flatland: a romance of many dimensions. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Ascher, M. (2002). Mathematics elsewhere: An exploration of ideas across cultures. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.
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Baker, D. (1998). Numeracy as social practice. Literacy and Numeracy Studies, 8(1), 37-50.
Baker, D., Clay, J., & Fox, C. (Eds.). (2012). Challenging ways of knowing in English, mathematics and science. London: Routledge.
Barwell, R. (Ed.). (2009). Multilingualism in mathematics classrooms: Global perspectives. Bristol, U.K.: Multilingual Matters.
Barwell, R., Clarkson, P., Halai, A., Kazima, M., Moschkovich, J., Planas, N., Setati Phakeng, M., Valero, P. & Villavicencio Ubillús, M. (Eds.) (2016) Mathematics Education and Language Diversity: The 21st ICMI Study.Cham, Switzerland: Springer.
Bazin, M., Tamez, M. & the Exploratorium Teacher Institute. (2002). Math and science across cultures: activities and investigations from the Exploratorium. New York: The New Press.
Benn, R. (1997). Adults count too: Mathematics for empowerment. Leicester, UK: NIACE.
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Harris, P. (1991). Mathematics in a cultural context: Aboriginal perspectives on space, time and money. Geelong, Vic.: Deakin University Press.
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Singh, S. (2013). The Simpsons and their mathematical secrets. New York: Bloomsbury.
Sklar, J.K., & Sklar, E.S. (2012). Mathematics in popular culture: Essays on appearances in film, fiction, games, television and other media. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co.
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Skovsmose, O. (1994). Towards a philosophy of critical mathematics education. Dordrecht: Kluwer.
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Street, B. V., Baker, D., & Tomlion, A. (2008). Navigating numeracies: home/ school numeracy practices. (n.p.): Springer
Yasukawa, K., Rogers, A., Jackson, K., & Street, B.V. (Eds.). (2018). Numeracy as social practice: Global and local perspectives. London: Routledge.
Zaslavsky, C. (1999). Africa counts: Number and pattern in African cultures (3rd ed.). Chicago, IL: Lawrence Hill Books.