Numeracy in paramedicine education: a literature review

Bell, Andrew ORCID: and Galligan, Linda ORCID: and Latham, John (2020) Numeracy in paramedicine education: a literature review. ALM International Journal, 15 (1).

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The introduction of paramedical science into universities has led to unprecedented enrolment numbers
in Australian undergraduate paramedical science programs. At the same time however, there has been
an associated increase in complexity of student learning expectations and requirements. One area of
paramedical education that is proving challenging for universities is the numeracy preparedness of
students and how to best support students in this area.

To examine how universities may begin to address the current challenges related to improving
the numeracy of paramedical science students, this paper investigates the literature on the numeracy
of paramedics and the underlying mathematical skills required for their programs of study. It also
reviews the support programs that are available at university and considers how much these are
reflecting effective pedagogies. The aim of this review is to identify ways numeracy and numeracy
teaching in paramedical science may be improved and highlight possible directions for future research
in this area.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Published version deposited according to Creative Commons License.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Health and Wellbeing (1 Jan 2015 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Sciences (6 Sep 2019 -)
Date Deposited: 21 Dec 2020 05:03
Last Modified: 29 Apr 2021 05:12
Uncontrolled Keywords: paramedicine; paramedicine education; clinical education; numeracy; curriculum.
Fields of Research (2008): 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1199 Other Medical and Health Sciences > 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130208 Mathematics and Numeracy Curriculum and Pedagogy
Fields of Research (2020): 32 BIOMEDICAL AND CLINICAL SCIENCES > 3202 Clinical sciences > 320219 Paramedicine
39 EDUCATION > 3901 Curriculum and pedagogy > 390109 Mathematics and numeracy curriculum and pedagogy
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930103 Learner Development
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 16 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 1603 Teaching and curriculum > 160301 Assessment, development and evaluation of curriculum
20 HEALTH > 2001 Clinical health > 200199 Clinical health not elsewhere classified

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