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Elmwood High School

Numeracy Across the Curriculum


I read the news today. Oh boy!

Darren Kuropatwa

Dept. Head Mathematics

Daniel McIntyre Collegiate Institute

Clarence fisher globally literate k12 online conference
Clarence Fisher, Globally Literate K12 Online Conference

Literacy is always changing ... with your location

geographically and in time. All definitions have

consistently had three components:

  • Literacy = Comprehension

    (2) Literacy = Production

    (3) Literacy = Interactive


Literacy: (noun) the ability to read and write.

David warlick redefining literacy for the 21st century
David WarlickRedefining Literacy for the 21st Century

“If all your kids learn to do is read and write,

they won't be literate.”

Is All Information Knowledge?

Types of literacy
Types of literacy

  • text literacy (what's text?)

  • information literacy

  • technological literacy

  • media literacy

  • internet literacy (hypertext, validity of sources, reading links, site ownership)

  • visual literacy (Photographs, cartoons, line drawings, diagrams, concept maps, ...)

  • mathematical literacy

  • and more ...

The language of mathematics
The Language of Mathematics

Cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy. It dn'seot mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm.

The language of mathematics1
The Language of Mathematics

Miittluvraae asilyans sattes an idtenossiy ctuoonr epilsle is the itternoiecsn of a panle pleralal to the xl-yapne and the sruacfe of a btiiarave nmarol dbttiisruein.

Multivariate analysis states an isodensity contour ellipse is the intersection of a plane parallel to the xy-plane and the surface of a bivariate normal distribution.

Does numeracy matter
Does Numeracy matter?

  • Unemployment/low employment tied to poor numeracy rather than literacy

  • poor numeracy + poor literacy = manual occupations.

  • followed closely, not [by those] with poor literacy + competent numeracy, but [by those] with competent literacy + poor numeracy

  • People without numeracy skills suffered worse disadvantage in employment than those with poor literacy skills alone. (--> school, jobs)

  • One feature of the modern labour market is the relentless decline in unskilled and partly skilled occupations. Our case studies showed that people with poor numeracy were in exactly these kinds of jobs.

Source: (Basic Skills Agency, UK 1997)

International Adult Literacy and Skills Survey



United States




International adult literacy and skills survey
International Adult Literacy and Skills Survey

  • literacy and numeracy skills contribute to individuals’ economic and social well-being.

  • 48% of adult Canadians aged 16 and over– perform below Level 3 on the literacy scales

  • 55% of adult Canadians aged 16 and over– perform below Level 3 on the numeracy scales

  • little change in Canadian literacy performance between 1994 and 2003.

  • Proficiency of Canadians, aged 16 to 65, in literacy, numeracy and problem solving is clearly [positively] linked to their labour market outcomes.

  • the evidence suggests that health issues and literacy issues intersect.

  • The hidden problem

Source: (Statistics Canada, 2003)

Gambling bites into family funds

VICTORIANS are using housekeeping money to finance an $89 million a week gambling habit …

The Herald Sun, Saturday, February 3, 1996, p.5

Beware the pushy fish eater
Beware the pushy fish-eater

MEN who eat a lot of fish are driven by

ambition and the desire for success, British

researchers claim.

Seven in 10 men who

frequently eat canned tuna.

sardines, salmon, mackerel

or kippers admit to being

ambitious, and one in two

rate themselves as more

successful than others.

The study, commissioned

by John West Foods,

reveals they are also thin-

skinned types, with only 5

per cent of regular fish-

eaters saying they coped

well with criticism

compared with a quarter

of the non-fish eaters.

Source: The Mercury, 7 May, 1991.

How is numeracy addressed in the bc grades 8 to 12 mathematics curriculum
How is numeracy addressed in theBC Grades 8 to 12 mathematics curriculum?



Definition: a self imposed tax on the innumerate.

Literacy in math class
Literacy in Math Class

  • Pre-Cal 30S (Fall ‘06)

  • Pre-Cal 40S (Fall ‘06)

  • AP Calculus AB