“Numeracy Across the Curriculum”

Research-based strategies for enhancing teaching and learning. Merrilyn Goos, Vince Geiger, Shelley Dole, Helen Forgasz and Anne Bennison

A guide for pre-service teachers on understanding numeracy and its application in both primary and secondary schooling.

Being numerate involves more than mastering basic mathematics. Numeracy connects the mathematics learned at school with out-of-school situations that require capabilities such as problem solving, critical judgment, and sense-making related to non-mathematical contexts. This book provides prospective and practising teachers with practical, research-based strategies for embedding numeracy across the primary and secondary school curriculum.

Based on the authors' ten-year research program, the text explains what numeracy is and how numeracy has developed as an educational goal. It describes in detail the five dimensions of the authors' model: attention to real-life contexts; application of mathematical knowledge; use of physical, representational and digital tools; the promotion of positive dispositions towards the use of mathematics to solve problems encountered in day-to-day life; and a critical orientation to interpreting mathematical results and making evidence-based judgements. There is guidance on how to embed numeracy across all subjects within the curriculum, how to assess numeracy learning and how to deal with challenges and dilemmas including working with discipline boundaries and developing support resources.

Featuring practical examples and case studies throughout, this book will build pre-service teacher confidence, demystify common misconceptions and grounds theory into practice in this vital area of student competency.

Author bio:

Merrilyn Goos is Professor of STEM Education, University of Limerick, Ireland and is an internationally recognized mathematics educator.

Vince Geiger is Professor of Mathematics Education and STEM program director within the Learning Sciences Institute Australia at Australian Catholic University.

Shelley Dole is Professor and Head of the School of Education at the University of the Sunshine Coast.

Helen Forgasz is a Professor Emerita in the Faculty of Education, Monash University.

Anne Bennison is a Lecturer in the School of Education at the University of the Sunshine Coast and recently completed her doctoral studies identifying ways to support teachers to embed numeracy across the curriculum.