Written for support staff, this book offers tested numeracy strategies for working with students and provides tools for expanding a staff member’s own subject knowledge.

Mathematics or Numeracy?

Mathematics or numeracy?

This chapter will help you to:

  • improve your understanding of the mathematics involved in real-life situations
  • appreciate the value of putting mathematics in context
  • understand the structure and principles of the numeracy strategy

What is Mathematics?

As adults when we reflect on our experience of learning mathematics through primary and secondary school, we tend to think of it in compartments in terms of the lessons and topics we encountered. If asked to list them, many adults would suggest that mathematics is arithmetic, geometry and algebra, maybe statistics or calculus. We might consider mathematics as being divided into pure or applied mathematics. However, mathematics can also be considered in a broader sense, involving problem-solving, searching for patterns and communicating ideas.

Mathematics is one of the core subjects ...

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