Adults returning to study mathematics

Galligan, Linda and Taylor, Janet A. (2008) Adults returning to study mathematics. In: Research in mathematics education in Australasia 2004-2007. New Directions in Mathematics and Science Education (12). Sense Publishers, Rotterdam, Netherlands, pp. 99-118. ISBN 978-90-8790-499-9

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This chapter focuses on adults learning mathematics in two distinct sections; adults learning mathematics in the workplace and community; and adults engaged in further studies (e.g. university or vocational studies) including bridging mathematics. In this review, research available on adults in basic numeracy education through to those gaining access to or supported at university study involving mathematics in a variety of forms is investigated. Consideration is also given to relevant definitions of adult, mathematics and numeracy, and to the relationship between research into learning and research into teaching practices or curriculum design. It is concluded that the area of adults learning mathematics is still under-theorised and under-researched at a time when 21st century needs demand a population with increasing numeracy-based skills and knowledge.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Deposited with permission of publisher. On cover: Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Learning and Teaching Support Unit
Date Deposited: 07 Jul 2008 00:17
Last Modified: 12 Sep 2016 02:46
Uncontrolled Keywords: adult; bridging; numeracy; university; workplace; higher education research
Fields of Research : 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170103 Educational Psychology
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130208 Mathematics and Numeracy Curriculum and Pedagogy
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130309 Learning Sciences
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939902 Education and Training Theory and Methodology

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