Numeracy Research: Recommendations - Numeracy concepts - Interview with Katherine Clarke-Nolan, Policy analyst, OLES [Audio – 1:42]

This podcast is the fifth in a series of eight prepared by the Office of Literacy and Essential Skills (OLES) in Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC). The series outlines the research on numeracy that is part of the Essential Skills Research Project, undertaken to improve the current measurement framework for those skills.

Here, OLES policy analyst Katherine Clarke-Nolan discusses key components identified for a suitable definition of numeracy.

The key components that lay the groundwork for a suitable numeracy definition fall into four general categories: mathematical content an adult needs to be familiar with, including knowledge, key topics, and mathematical information; processes and operations; the contexts in which numerate activities are taking place; and the various representations of mathematical information needed to complete the task or communicate the results.

Some frameworks also refer to “enabling” processes and factors that are more generic in nature, and serve as a foundation for numeracy activities.


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