Academic journal article Australian Mathematics Teacher

Editorial

Academic journal article Australian Mathematics Teacher

Editorial

Article excerpt

This issue is a little different in two ways: the first is that it is a themed issue looking at numeracy which is appropriate for this time of the year as the NAPLAN assessments are scheduled for mid-May. The second difference is that this issue has several articles linked to a single project, Numeracy in the Learning Areas. The introduction of national literacy and numeracy tests in Year 9 raised concerns about who is responsible for Year 9 numeracy achievement and what is an appropriate response to low numeracy achievement in secondary schools. In many secondary schools, numeracy is seen solely as the responsibility of the mathematics teacher. Australian studies conducted over the last ten years (e.g., the Western Australian Strategic Primary School Numeracy Research Project, the South Australian Junior Secondary Numeracy Project, the South Australian Inquiry into Literacy and Numeracy Assessment in the Middle Years) have found that teachers of other subjects do not recognise the numeracy demands inherent in their subjects and therefore do not support their students to develop the requisite numeracy skills to engage fully in learning. In addition, many teachers in primary schools, and hence their students, do not make connections between mathematics learning and its application to other learning areas.

This project was motivated by the need to identify and develop successful classroom practices to support numeracy across a range of learning areas in the middle years (Years 6-9) within the context of the South Australian Curriculum, Standards and Accountability (SACSA) Framework. …

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