This topic will examine the diverse range of formal and informal numeracy practice(s) learners may engage in both inside and outside of school, college or other formal learning settings. It will explore ideas of ‘universal mathematical behaviours’, ‘numeracy as social practice(s)’, ‘funds of knowledge’ and ‘communities of practice’ and review how these might help learners, teachers, support staff and parents/carers better understand and tackle the challenge of transferring and using mathematical knowledge and numerical reasoning in a range of academic, vocational and everyday situations within the context of current Welsh educational policy.
A significant proportion of this topic will focus upon the development of whole-school numeracy practices within the context of the National Literacy and Numeracy Framework (LNF) and National Support Programme (NSP) in Wales. Implications and opportunities for practitioner development and training in compulsory and post-compulsory education will be examined.
- to explore different numeracy practices learners may encounter
- to identify factors that affect the transference and use of mathematical knowledge and numerical reasoning
- to identify themes and approaches in whole-school development of numeracy practices