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Adult Numeracy
Teaching materials and Articles

The CAE sells a range of adult numeracy teaching, training and reference materials. These include:

  • The Adult Numeracy Handbook
  • Adult Numeracy Teaching
  • Breaking the Maths Barrier
  • Car Costs II
  • Mathematics: a New Beginning
  • Numeracy in the Making
  • Numeracy on the Line
  • Rethinking Assessment
  • Some Beginnings in Algebra
  • Strength in Numbers
  • The Value of Time

For further details and an order form please click here.

There are a number of other Australian produced resources suitable for teaching adult numeracy, some of which include the following:
Here is a small selection of papers that have been written about adult numeracy in Australia. All are available through ARIS, Language Australia.

A selection of key papers about adult numeracy in Australia are included in:
Sheilagh Kelly, Betty Johnston, Keiko Yasukawa (eds), The Adult Numeracy Handbook, NSW Adult Literacy and Numeracy Research Consortium (NSW ALNARC), 2003. For information about the availability of that resource see the above listing of resources.

Here is a small selection of papers that have been written in Australia about adult numeracy practices. The list is not meant to be comprehensive.

Baynham, Mike and Johnston, Betty, "'Invention within limits': numeracy practices of young unemployed people", Literacy and Numeracy Studies: An International Journal in the Education and Training of Adults, Vol.8 no.1, 1998
Helme, Sue and Goddard, Ruth, "This leads to that: a model for literacy and numeracy integration in an ABE class", Open Letter, Vol.4 no.1, 1993
Helme, Sue, "Maths embedded in context: how do students respond?", Numeracy In Focus, No.1, Jan. 1995

Helme, Sue, "Numeracy activities: promoting student talk", Fine Print, Spring 2002

Helme, Sue, "The words to say it: language issues in adult numeracy", Fine Print, Spring 2002

Johnston, Betty, "Calculating people: measurement as a social process", Literacy and Numeracy Studies: An International Journal in the Education and Training of Adults, Vol.9 no.2, 1999
Johnston, Betty, "Critical numeracy?", Fine Print, Vol.16 no.4, Summer 1994
Johnston, Betty, "From catechism to critical literacy: figuring out a challenging numeracy", Fine Print, Vol. 26 No. 2, Winter 2003
Marr, Beth & Tout, Dave, "A Numeracy Curriculum", Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers Conference Proceedings, AAMT, Melbourne, 1997.
Marr, Beth, "Adult numeracy assessment and curriculum: limiting or enhancing the possibilities", Literacy Link, Vol.23 no.2, Apr. 2003
Marr, Beth, "Digging below the surface of our teaching practice: Maps for teachers and students of mathematics" in At the Coalface, Conference Papers, NSW Adult Literacy and Numeracy Council Annual Conference, Wollongong University, 1995, 1996
Marr, Beth, "Making connections: listening to the voices of adult numeracy students", Fine Print, Vol.21 no.3, Spring 1998
Marr, Beth, "Talking volumes: enhancing talk, language and conceptual development in adult mathematics and numeracy classes", Literacy and Numeracy Studies: An International Journal in the Education and Training of Adults, Vol.10 no.1 and no.2, 2000
Marr, Beth, "Thinking about assessment?", Numeracy In Focus, No.1, Jan. 1995
Tout, Dave, "Leftovers - Some Lessons Learnt", Numeracy In Focus, No.1, Jan. 1995, 1995
Tout, Dave, "Mathematics in adult basic education", in Issues in Australian education, edited by J.V. D'Cruz and P.E. Langford.  Melbourne: Longman Cheshire, 1990
Tout, Dave, "Numeracy: essential and a priority?  An ANT's journey", in Critical Issues, Essential Priorities:  Papers from the ACAL / VALBEC 18th National Conference, 1995, 1996
** Feel free to email Dave Tout (davet@cae.edu.au) for copies of these papers, or how you can access them if they are still available.
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