Overview and Objectives

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Define numeracy and explain how it differs from mathematics
  • Contrast layered math content with the idea of interwoven content strands
  • Explain an approach to algebra that is appropriate for learners at all levels


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1.    Ask the Cognitive Scientist: Is It True Some People Just Can’t Do Math? (Willingham, 2009)

2.    Some Current Perspectives on Adult Numeracy (Schmitt, Ed., 2009, updated 2013)

3.    The Components of Numeracy, pp. 1-19 (Ginsburg, Manly, & Schmitt, 2006)

4.    Changing the Way We Teach Math, Introduction and Chapter 6: Real Life Problems: pp. 1-8 & 41-47 (Nonesuch, 2006)

5.     Algebraic Thinking in Adult Education (Manly & Ginsburg, 2010)

6.    Building on Foundations for Success: Mathematics Content, pp. 5-21 (U.S. Department of Education, 2011)

7.    Mathematics Standards Key (College and Career Readiness Standards)