Not Just a Number: Critical Numeracy for Adults

Feb 3rd, 2012
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Northwestern University
Course: mathematics
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Teaching from the perspective of adult education as a tool for social justice, instructors seek to change the system in which math serves as a barrier and to "equip people with the knowledge and tools that will enable them to examine and criticize the economic, political, and social realities of their lives" (Zaslavsky1994, p. 217). An inclusive approach to instruction recognizes the different power relations in the way math and numeracy are viewed and used and seeks to give people a voice and more control over life circumstances (Shore et al. 1993). At the same time, educators can also empower learners with the numeracy skills needed to function in the technological society and workplace. As more learners acquire those skills, the cultural practices that are numeracy as well as the way math serves society can be changed.

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