Numeracy Research and Practice

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Adult Numeracy Network
Adults Learning Maths (ALM)- A Research Forum
NIFL Science and Numeracy Special Collection

  • "Preparing Students for College-level Math" A new Promising Practice Brief with hands-on activities thanks to Pam Meader, ANN president. See (submitted 2/28/06 by C. Zafft)
  • Research on Adult Numeracy Practice (CALPRO Research Brief)
  • The Components of Numeracy  by Lynda Ginsburg, Myrna Manly, and Mary Jane Schmitt. This NCSALL occasional paper attempts to describe the complex nature of numeracy as it exists today. While there are large-scale assessments, standards documents, and position papers, there has not been a field- and research-based synthesis of the components required for adults to be numerate, to act numerately, and to acquire numeracy skills. This paper attempts to identify and clarify the nature of these components with the hope that such identification and clarification will guide instruction, contribute to the design of assessments, frame research, and inform policy. To download the paper, go to: [submitted 12/28/06 by E. Leonelli from a posting by Kaye Beal, World Education, to the NIFL Poverty/Race/Women list on 12/27/06}]
  • Changing the Way We Teach Math: A Manual for Teaching Basic Math to Adults (Submitted by David J. Rosen, 3.14.07) What do the experts say about how to teach basic math to adult students? Most people who teach math have heard about most of their recommendations, but putting those recommendations into practice is harder than it seems. After consulting ABE math instructors about their reactions to some of the research literature about adult numeracy instruction, I wrote Changing the Way We Teach Math. It includes sections on Group Work, Hands-On Learning, Real Life Math, Student Resistance , Students in Charge of Their Learning, and No-Prep Activities for Students. Download it from the National Adult Literacy Database, and let me know what you think. Kate Nonesuch (
  • More Complicated Than It Seems: A Review of Literature about Teaching Math to Adults  (Submitted by David J. Rosen, 3.14.07) As a practitioner, I danced with the literature, looking for insights that would help me understand why instructors find it difficult to apply the findings to their practice. Kate Nonesuch
  • A Review of Literature in Adult Numeracy: Research and Conceptual Issues  This includes contributions by Iddo Gal, Diana Coben and Kathy Safford. "The review is the first major product of the Adult Numeracy Initiative, a two-year project funded by the Office of Vocational and Adult Education, U.S. Department of Education, and conducted by the American Institutes for Research. The report provides a synthesis of conceptualizations of adult numeracy, a review of the U.S. and international research evaluating instructional approaches and interventions in adult mathematics and numeracy teaching, a summary of professional development initiatives and discussion of issues around assessment for adult numeracy. The second report of the project, a comprehensive review of professional development initiatives in adult numeracy, will be available later this winter." (Katherine Safford-Ramus, Ed.D., in a post to the numeracy electronic discussion list, January 9, 2007) to download the literature review.


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What are the numeracy and math requirements for External Diploma and other alternative competency-based adult high school diploma programs? What should they be?

What are some good professional development models or resources for teaching numeracy or mathematics to adult learners?


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This is an area created by Esther D. Leonelli (ABEstimator) and Susan K. Cowles, members of the Adult Numeracy Network (ANN), an affiliate of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and a cooperating organization of the Commission on Adult Basic Education (COABE).

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