Numeracy and mathematics in the CGEA

A unique numeracy and mathematics curriculum framework has been developed for adults as part of the Certificates in General Education for Adults (CGEA), which is widely used across Australia. The CGEA has four levels, across four streams: Reading and Writing; Oral Communication, General Curriculum Options; and the Numeracy and Mathematics stream. The numeracy stream offers a style of competency or outcome statement which is holistic rather than fragmented, in that it is based upon realistic purposes and uses of mathematics, and which encompasses a particular perspective on numeracy and its relationship to mathematics.

Rather than the Learning Outcomes having the maths strands (number; space and shape; data; measurement; and algebra) as their organising structure, the purposes or functions to which the maths may be put, are given prominence. The Learning Outcomes still ensure that the skills and knowledge of the maths strands are included but they are arranged under a different structure. The Learning Outcomes are organised into four different categories or, domains, according to different purposes and functions of using mathematics.
Numeracy for Practical Purposes addresses aspects of the physical world to do with designing, making and measuring. There are two learning outcomes: Numeracy for Practical Purposes - Design and Numeracy for Practical Purposes - Measuring.
Numeracy for Interpreting Society relates to interpreting and reflecting on numerical and graphical information of relevance to self, work or community. The two learning outcomes are: Numeracy for Interpreting Society - Data and Numeracy for Interpreting Society - Numerical Information.
Numeracy for Personal Organisation focuses on the numeracy requirements for personal organisational matters involving money, time and travel. There are two learning outcomes, one dealing with money and time, the other to do with location and direction.
Numeracy for Knowledge is only introduced at level 3 and deals with mathematical skills needed for further study in mathematics, or other subjects with mathematical underpinnings and/or assumptions. There are learning outcomes to do with problem solving, algebraic and graphical techniques.
For more information about the CGEA, go to the CGEA home page and follow the links to the Numeracy and mathematics stream.

** Feel free to email Dave Tout ( for further information about the Numeracy and mathematics stream of the CGEA.

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