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The evolution and uptake of numeracy and mathematical literacy as drivers for curriculum reform

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posted on 2023-08-18, 14:27 authored by Merrilyn GoosMerrilyn Goos, Kathy O’ Sullivan

In many countries the notion of mathematical literacy as a twenty-frst century competency has emerged either from international studies, such as the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment (OECD, 2016), or from national curriculum policy development. In some English-speaking countries, however, it is more common to speak of numeracy rather than mathematical literacy. This chapter traces the emergence and interpretations of numeracy and mathematical literacy as separate but related concepts and examines their role in curriculum reform in four countries: Australia, Ireland, South Africa and Japan. The main question addressed by the chapter is: How have notions of mathematical literacy and numeracy been expressed in curriculum reforms? The analysis aims to shed light on the interpreta?tion and expression of numeracy and its relationship to mathematics.



Mathematics Curriculum Reforms Around the World, Shimizu, Y., Vithal, R. (eds), 2023, pp.345-357



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