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Numeracy education: What do we know and what can we learn from the literacy experience

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Supporting teachers to implement a numeracy education agenda

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Our changing technological society: demands and links between numeracy performance and life outcomes (employment, education, training)

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Assessing numeracy achievement

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Identification and evaluation of teaching practices that enhance numeracy achievement

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Early childhood numeracy

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Planning for emphasis on numeracy in the curriculum

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Numeracy, A Priority for All: Challenges for Australian Schools -- Contextual Papers

In May 2000 the Commonwealth Government published a school numeracy paper entitled Numeracy, A Priority for All: Challenges for Australian Schools. In it, the Commonwealth set out the government's perspectives, policies and initiatives in relation to school numeracy education in the context of the National Literacy and Numeracy Plan agreed by Commonwealth, State and Territory Education Ministers.

The Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers Inc. was contracted by the Commonwealth to contribute to aspects of the work of developing the numeracy paper, particularly through collection and coordination of information. As part of this, the AAMT commissioned the writing of a set of papers to provide some background and contextual information in seven key areas of school numeracy education. The contextual papers set out to provide a detailed exploration of particular areas in school numeracy education, including:

  •  information on relevant international and Australian research findings, data, thinking and directions;
  •  information and findings from relevant work in other areas, including in literacy and general teaching methods;
  •  information on and understandings of current programs and policies in Australia;
  •  identification and discussion of relevant issues.

Some of the material in the contextual papers was used, in conjunction with other sources, to support the development of Numeracy, A Priority for All: Challenges for Australian Schools. The papers are made available below to provide contextual information to assist educators with an interest in the numeracy achievements of school students.

Assessing numeracy achievement

by Dr Jan Lokan, Mr Brian Doig and Ms Catherine Underwood, Australian Council for Educational Research

lokan-do.pdf 326.39 kB

Early childhood numeracy

by A/Prof Bob Perry, University of Western Sydney, for the Australian Early Childhood Association

perry.pdf 283.14 kB

Identification and evaluation of teaching practices that enhance numeracy achievement

by Dr Max Stephens, Education Consultant, Victoria

stephens.pdf 210.92 kB

Numeracy education: What do we know and what can we learn from the literacy experience

by Prof Peter Hill, University of Melbourne

hill.pdf 209.63 kB

Our changing technological society: demands and links between numeracy performance and life outcomes (employment, education, training)

by A/Prof Joy Cumming, Griffith University

cumming.pdf 288.13 kB

Planning for emphasis on numeracy in the curriculum

by Mr John Hogan and Ms Marian Kemp, Murdoch University

kemp-hog.pdf 290.28 kB

Supporting teachers to implement a numeracy education agenda

by Dr Janette Bobis, University of Sydney

bobis.pdf 238.94 kB