Adults’ numeracy practices in fluid and unstable contexts—An agenda for education, policy and research?

Yasukawa, Keiko ORCID logoORCID: and Evans, Jeff (2019) Adults’ numeracy practices in fluid and unstable contexts—An agenda for education, policy and research? Zeitschrift für Weiterbildungsforschung, 42 (3) . pp. 343-356. ISSN 2364-0022 [Article] (doi:10.1007/s40955-019-00145-z)

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Numeracy practices are always dependent on the social context in which they emerge. These contexts, however, are unstable because of a range of technological and socio-political changes. How does this instability affect people’s agency in the world? After reviewing key approaches to numeracy practices research, we distil key findings from recent numeracy studies. We introduce the concept of the numerate environment to examine the context in which opportunities, supports and demands present themselves for people’s numeracy development, explaining how cultural-historical activity theory can be used to analyse the effects of changes in numerate environments. We consider examples of social trends likely to effect such changes and conclude with implications of shifts in people’s numerate environment for future educational provision, policy and research.

Item Type: Article
Keywords (uncontrolled): Originalbeitrag, Numeracy practices, Numerate environment, Cultural-historical activity theory (CHAT), Adult education, Rechenpraktiken, Rechenumwelt, Kulturhistorische Aktivitätstheorie, Erwachsenenbildung, Weiterbildung
Research Areas: A. > Centre for Education Research and Scholarship (CERS)
A. > School of Health and Education > Education
A. > School of Science and Technology > Design Engineering and Mathematics
Item ID: 31146
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