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An initial exploration of teachers’ numeracy in the context of professional capital


Callingham, R and Beswick, K and Ferme, E, An initial exploration of teachers' numeracy in the context of professional capital, ZDM, 47, (4) pp. 549-560. ISSN 1863-9704 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1007/s11858-015-0666-7


The nature of numeracy implies that both mathematics and social context are involved. In the Australian curriculum, numeracy is included as one of seven general capabilities that it is the responsibility of every teacher to develop in their students. Many teachers, however, dislike or actively avoid mathematics. This situation tends to lead to opportunities for numeracy development in school students to be overlooked or ignored. A key issue is then to help teachers to recognise the appropriate mathematical ideas in subjects other than mathematics, and then to suggest ways in which these ideas can be acknowledged and developed in context. Three different approaches to working with both pre- and in-service high school teachers are described and the outcomes discussed in the context of building professional capital. Findings suggest that teachers do not recognise the complexity of numeracy, and benefit from supportive professional learning developing professional capital with respect to numeracy.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:numeracy, high school, professional learning, cross-curriculum, professional capital, teacher development
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:Mathematics and numeracy curriculum and pedagogy
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and curriculum
Objective Field:Teacher and instructor development
UTAS Author:Callingham, R (Associate Professor Rosemary Callingham)
UTAS Author:Beswick, K (Professor Kim Beswick)
UTAS Author:Ferme, E (Ms Elizabeth Ferme)
ID Code:100034
Year Published:2015
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2015-04-24
Last Modified:2017-11-16

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