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David Rosen

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Special Topics Discussion: Components of Numeracy
Posted: Sep 11, 2007 1:17 PM
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From September 17th - 21st, the Special Topics list will hold a
discussion with Mary Jane Schmitt, Myrna Manly and Dr. Lynda
Ginsburg, authors of The Components of Numeracy, an occasional paper
published by the National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and
Literacy in December 2006.

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Authors' Biographies

Lynda Ginsburg is a senior researcher for mathematics education at
Rutgers University and is currently conducting NSF-sponsored research
on adult learners' work with their children on mathematics homework
and on mathematics learning in out-of-school settings. Prior to this
position, she worked at the National Center on Adult Literacy (NCAL)
for 12 years where she participated in the development of a number of
adult education projects including Captured Wisdom, the Professional
Development Kit (PDK) and LiteracyLink. She has taught mathematics in
high schools, in ABE/GED and workplace programs, and in community
college developmental classes. She holds a Ph.D. in mathematics
education from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Myrna Manly (B.A. Mathematics, M.A. Education, M.S. Applied
Mathematics) has experience teaching mathematics at many academic
levels, most recently as a Professor of Mathematics at El Camino
College. In that capacity, she developed curricula designed to adapt
the foundation courses for the needs of at-risk students. She also is
the author of The GED Math Problem Solver, a textbook that integrates
all the strands of math into a coherent approach to test preparation.
In addition to instruction, she has been involved with the assessment
of the mathematics proficiency of adults as the Mathematics
Specialist for the 1988 version of the GED test and as a member of
the numeracy team for the Adult Literacy and Lifeskills Survey (ALL).
She also brings experience in Professional Development to the
project, having worked with states and programs, facilitating staff-
development and train-the-trainer workshops (e.g. Making Math
Meaningful in CA and VA, GED as Project in VA, GED Math Institute in
Washington, DC) that were aimed at improving mathematics instruction
to adults.

Mary Jane Schmitt has been an adult educator for over 35 years. She
has taught mathematics in ABE, GED, and ESL programs, has worked at
the Massachusetts Department of Education, and is currently a project
director at TERC in Cambridge, MA, where she directs the Adult
Numeracy@TERC projects. Mary Jane is the co-author and co-principal
investigator for the Extending Mathematical Power (EMPower) Project
Mathematics Curriculum for Adult Learners recently published by Key
Curriculum Press. She is a co-founder of the Adult Numeracy Network
(ANN). Mary Jane's undergraduate degree is in mathematics and she
holds an M.Ed. from Harvard University. She is the 2004 recipient of
the Kenneth J. Mattran Award for exemplary work at the national and
international levels given by the Commission on Adult Basic Education

Discussion Preparation Recommended Readings

The Components of Numeracy (especially the summary on page 34)

The Adult Numeracy Network's "Teaching and Learning Principles" and
"Professional Development Principles."

The Inclusion of Numeracy in Adult Basic Education, Volume 3, Chapter
5, Review of Adult Learning and Literacy

To gain insight into the importance of numeracy or quantitative
literacy in today's society, select a few chapters that interest you
from "Mathematics and Democracy: The case for Quantitative Literacy."

David J. Rosen
Special Topics Discussion Moderator

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