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This page offers a selection of good sites to visit for information about adult numeracy. To find more recommendations, search or browse Teaching Issues/Strategies : Special Contexts : Adult Education in the Math Forum's Internet Mathematics Library.

Adult Literacy and Lifeskills (ALL) Survey
The Adult Literacy and Lifeskills (ALL) Survey is an international comparative study designed to provide participating countries, including the United States, with information about the skills of their adult populations. ALL measured the literacy and numeracy skills of a nationally representative sample from each participating country in 2003. On a pilot basis, ALL also measured adults' problem-solving skills and gathered information on their familiarity with information and communication technologies.
Adult Numeracy
A collection of resources on adult numeracy, from a group devoted to statistical literacy. Key websites, conferences, publications, organizations, and surveys.
Adult Numeracy @ TERC
Information about and materials from TERC's adult numeracy projects, including EMPower (Extending Mathematical Power), TIAN (Teachers Investigating Adult Numeracy), and Statistics for Action. The published EMPower curriculum fills the need for a math and numeracy program for adult basic education. TERC also offers EMPower Professional Development Workshops. TIAN is developing a new in-service professional development model for adult basic education teachers of mathematics. The Statistics for Action project aims at improving quantitative literacy among environmental action groups. This unique project helps environmental organizers and the citizens they serve understand and communicate with data and statistics related to local environmental issues.
Adult Numeracy Core Curriculum
The U.K. adult literacy and numeracy core curriculum in PDF format. "It sets out the entitlement to learning for all adults who have difficulties with literacy and numeracy. It describes the content of what should be taught in literacy and numeracy programmes in: further and adult education; the workplace an programmes for the unemployed; prisons; community-based and family literacy and numeracy programmes. It assists teachers to meet the individual needs of adults through the selection and teaching of skills appropriate to those adults' needs."
Adult Numeracy Network (ANN)
A community dedicated to high-quality mathematics instruction at the adult level. ANN conducts pre-conferences at the annual NCTM national meetings; publishes the Math Practitioner Newsletter and sponsors the Numeracy List, an adult electronic forum, and obtains funding to enable adult ed math teachers, learners, and other stakeholders to participate in a national planning project for system reform. List of Internet resources for adult numeracy. (Formerly the Adult Numeracy Practitioners Network.)
Adults Learning Mathematics (ALM)
An international research forum bringing together researchers and practitioners in adult mathematics/numeracy teaching and learning in order to promote the learning of mathematics by adults.
American Council on Education (ACE)
A forum for the discussion of major issues related to higher education and its potential to contribute to the quality of American life. ACE maintains a domestic and an international agenda and seeks to advance the interests and goals of higher and adult education in a changing environment by providing leadership and advocacy on important issues, representing the views of the higher and adult education community to policy makers, and offering services to its members. Contents: Adult Learning and Educational Credentials, including General Educational Development (GED); Advancement, Membership, Publications, Annual Meeting; Business-Higher Education Forum; Center for Leadership Development; Fellows Program; Minorities in Higher Education, Women in Higher Education, and more.
Basic Skills Resources
The Basic Skills Resource Collection focuses on reading, writing, mathematics and numeracy resources that can improve instruction in basic skills. Each resource listing features an abstract and a review by an expert in the field. Resources in this Collection can be used directly in the classroom or can provide the research findings necessary to develop contextualized instruction (e.g., work, family, health, civics) to build adults' basic skills. The National Institute for Literacy, a federal agency, provides leadership on literacy issues, including the improvement of reading instruction for children, youth, and adults.
Changing the Way We Teach Math - Kate Nonesuch
This document is a manual for teaching basic math to adults. It sets out some "best practices" from the literature, then outlines some difficulties instructors may face in implementing them, and makes suggestions for overcoming those difficulties. There are also many pages of activities ready for immediate classroom use that provide examples of some ways of implementing the best practices.
Equipped for the Future: Fundamentals
Begun in 1994, the National Institute for Literacy’s Equipped for the Future (EFF) initiative started the development of a framework for adult learning content standards. These content standards were constructed to strengthen the ability of adult education providers to improve their programs in order to better meet the needs of adult learners and the wider community. Here you will find information on the foundational pieces of the EFF framework including the four purposes for learning, the three role maps, the 13 common activities that overlap the roles, and the 16 EFF Content Standards.
GED as Project
Inquiry-based, student-centered materials for GED students, including separate study materials for math and other disciplines. Print and video resources are available.
Mathematics in Adult Education and Literacy
The role of adult basic education in strengthening mathematics skills is central to the U.S. Department of Education's vision for adult education. This site provides research and evaluation, noteworthy practices, and additional links.
More Complicated Than It Seems - Kate Nonesuch
In this review of the literature of approaches to adult numeracy instruction, Kate Nonesuch asks the question, "How can ABE math instructors apply research findings to their own teaching practice?" Through an extensive literature review and ongoing discussions with math instructors in BC, Ms. Nonesuch describes best practices in the field of adult numeracy instruction, while also recognizing that implementing best practices, getting instructors to be enthusiastic about teaching math and getting students involved in their learning, are difficulties that have to be overcome.
National Center on Adult Literacy
For more than two decades, NCAL has engaged in cutting edge and high-impact research, innovation, and training in adult education and technology, as well as in other areas of adult basic education and literacy (e.g., assessment, numeracy, ESL instruction, family literacy, international comparative studies, and so forth). NCAL has played a significant role in R&D technology efforts in adult education at federal, state, and local levels across the United States. NCAL is regarded as an innovative center for research and development of major projects in adult literacy, with specializations in educational technology, professional development, and multimedia instructional design. Read about NCAL's projects, or find contact information.
National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE) (U.K.)
The National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE) aims to encourage all adults to engage in learning of all kinds. It seeks to accomplish this through advocacy, development and research, consultancy, training, and more.
numeracy
A mailing list for those interested in the discussion of educational issues around adult mathematical literacy (ABE/GED/ESL, workplace, and literacy teachers, tutors, and adult learners), maintained by the Adult Numeracy Network (ANN). The Math Forum hosts an archive from which one can post to the discussions and view or search archived messages.
Ohio Literacy Resource Center
The Ohio Literacy Resource Center provides support, training and resources for the people who work in and attend classes at adult and family literacy programs. The OLRC also works with GED graduates who are attending Kent State University. The site offers Adult Basic and Literacy Education (ABLE) resources, projects, publications, and news and events.
SABES: System for Adult Basic Education Support
SABES promotes high quality adult basic education services through training, support, and resources that improve the skills and knowledge of practitioners and strengthen programs. SABES strives to achieve this mission by: providing staff development that stresses participation, reflection, and innovation; discovering and sharing relevant research and effective practices; collaborating with other organizations and agencies; and remaining responsive to the field and to adult learners.
STEM Transitions
STEM Transitions offers more than 60 integrated projects for use in math, science, and technical courses in the six STEM-related clusters: health science; information technology; manufacturing; transportation; science, technology, engineering and mathematics; and agriculture. Materials are intended for use at the community college level but may be adapted for high school use, and may be used in their entirety or as a source for other lessons. They were developed by the Center for Occupational Research and Development (CORD) in conjunction with community college faculty and the League for Innovation in the Community College. Free registration required for use. STEM Transitions also offers professional development webinars and workshops.
Teaching the SCANS Competencies
This PDF report compiles six articles that give education and training practitioners practical suggestions for applying SCANS in classroom and workplace: "SCANS in the Schools", "Implementing SCANS: First Lessons", "Students Use SCANS to Explore Changing Jobs: Lessons of IndianaPLUS", "Preparing Limited English Proficiency Students for the Workplace", "Technology and High-Performance Schools: A SCANS Survey", and "Assessment of the SCANS Competencies: Some Examples". It is also available through this link.


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