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What International Surveys Tell Us About Australians' Mathematical Foundations, Dave Tout, James Spithill Jul 2015

What International Surveys Tell Us About Australians' Mathematical Foundations, Dave Tout, James Spithill

David (Dave) Tout

This presentation will look at some key messages from the Australian results of the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) and the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC), both released at the end of 2013. PISA assessed the mathematical literacy of 15 year-olds around Australia, whilst PIAAC assessed the numeracy proficiency of adults aged 15–74. What do the two surveys assess and are they telling a similar story? How solid are Australia’s mathematical foundations and what do they say about teaching and learning? How do Australia’s results compare internationally with those leading the field ...


Part 1: Lessons Learnt From International Assessments, Dave Tout Dec 2012

Part 1: Lessons Learnt From International Assessments, Dave Tout

David (Dave) Tout

In the first of two related articles, this article attempts to explain what can be learnt from international assessments of adult literacy and numeracy skills, and why there is value and crucial and important lessons for all educators, and others, from the work underpinning these empirically based research endeavours. Whilst some criticism of the surveys is understandable and to be expected, this often blinds readers and the LLN sector from reading between and behind the lines and seeing what value can be generated, gained and learned from such investigations, data and research. The article describes the theoretical frameworks and quality ...


Australian Core Skills Framework (Acsf), K Brewer, P Mclean, K Perkins, Dave Tout, L Wyse Dec 2007

Australian Core Skills Framework (Acsf), K Brewer, P Mclean, K Perkins, Dave Tout, L Wyse

David (Dave) Tout

The Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) describes levels of performance in the 5 core skills of: Learning; Reading; Writing; Oral Communication; and Numeracy. These skills are essential for people to participate in our society. People need to communicate effectively in many different ways, for diverse purposes, in a variety of contexts and to think critically about information and ideas. It is likely that each new role and responsibility we take on will require new or enhanced core skills. Therefore, we need a range of strategies to adapt to changing circumstances and new challenges, including strategies to help us learn. The ...


All Is Happening With Numeracy : A New International Survey Of Adults' Numeracy And Mathematics Skill Levels., Dave Tout Dec 2006

All Is Happening With Numeracy : A New International Survey Of Adults' Numeracy And Mathematics Skill Levels., Dave Tout

David (Dave) Tout

An international survey of the numeracy abilities of adults was part of the Adult Literacy and Lifeskills (ALLS) survey conducted in Australia in 2006 and the start of 2007. This paper includes information on the construct behind the numeracy component of the survey, including the complexity scheme that attempts to predict the difficulty of test items, and reports on the initial data from the first wave of countries, highlighting the important role that numeracy plays in both human and social capital terms. First Australian results are due out in late 2007.


Assessment In Australia : A Balancing Act, J Hagston, Dave Tout Dec 2006

Assessment In Australia : A Balancing Act, J Hagston, Dave Tout

David (Dave) Tout

Changing concepts of literacy and numeracy, in addition to increased government interest and investment in literacy and numeracy skill development, pose a number of challenges for all stakeholders in relation to implementing and using assessment and reporting systems. Australia is used as a case study to illustrate how one country has approached curriculum standards and assessment schemes. Based on a description and analysis of the Australian situation and approach, this chapter then considers how adult literacy and numeracy curriculum standards, frameworks, assessment, and reporting systems can balance the competing demands and differing needs and interests of government, providers, practitioners, and ...


Having Fun With Maths : Activities And Games For Developing Maths Language And Skills., Dave Tout Dec 2006

Having Fun With Maths : Activities And Games For Developing Maths Language And Skills., Dave Tout

David (Dave) Tout

The games and activities in this book focus on the development of fundamental maths skills through co-operative group work and the use of hands-on materials, as well as on enjoyment and having fun in order to build the learnerʼs confidence and help overcome maths anxiety. The photocopiable activities are designed to encourage students to work together and use and talk about mathematics and its language and share their understandings and knowledge. The activities are suitable for a wide range of mathematics and numeracy students, especially for the middle years, year 11 students studying practical mathematics subjects, and adult English language ...


Car Costs Ii : A Numeracy Workbook., Dave Tout Dec 2005

Car Costs Ii : A Numeracy Workbook., Dave Tout

David (Dave) Tout

No abstract provided.


Foundation Numeracy In Context, Dave Tout, G Motteram Dec 2005

Foundation Numeracy In Context, Dave Tout, G Motteram

David (Dave) Tout

Foundation Numeracy in Context describes an approach to teaching mathematics based on applied and contextual learning principles. This means that the teaching and learning of mathematics proceeds from a contextual, task-based and investigative point of view—where the mathematics involved is developed from a modelled situation or practical task. Practical investigations and projects are principle vehicles for student learning in such an approach. This text is written for teachers working with students who have become disengaged from learning mathematics during the middle to latter years of secondary schooling, and will likely have had limited success with mathematics. The approach used ...


Working Community Program: Towards Interdependence, Employability And Citizenship For Secondary School Students., Dave Tout, Dave Turner Dec 2003

Working Community Program: Towards Interdependence, Employability And Citizenship For Secondary School Students., Dave Tout, Dave Turner

David (Dave) Tout

No abstract provided.


Curriculum Frameworks And Change, Dave Tout Dec 2003

Curriculum Frameworks And Change, Dave Tout

David (Dave) Tout

No abstract provided.


Making Meaning In Maths : Adult Numeracy Teaching, B Johnston, B Marr, Dave Tout Dec 2002

Making Meaning In Maths : Adult Numeracy Teaching, B Johnston, B Marr, Dave Tout

David (Dave) Tout

In this paper, the authors argue that adult numeracy is a small educational field with little published research and only a small number of teaching materials and professional development and training packages available. Since the late 1980s, Australia has become quite active in the adult numeracy area and now has developed quite a range of adult numeracy curriculum, teaching resources and professional development options for teachers. This paper defines numeracy as more than mathematics and describes the establishment of the course, Adult Numeracy Teaching : Making Meaning in Mathematics (ANT), a professional development course targeted at experienced adult literacy, language and ...


Rethinking Assessment : Strategies For Holistic Adult Numeracy Assessment : A Resource Book For Practitioners, Policy-Makers, Researchers And Assessors, B Marr, S Helme, Dave Tout Dec 2002

Rethinking Assessment : Strategies For Holistic Adult Numeracy Assessment : A Resource Book For Practitioners, Policy-Makers, Researchers And Assessors, B Marr, S Helme, Dave Tout

David (Dave) Tout

This book discusses key assessment issues, provides a bank of models of good practice in assessment and demonstrates how holistic assessment can be undertaken within the assessment criteria of accredited frameworks. In two main sections, it introduces readers to findings of research and the thinking behind the examples of practice presented, and presents detailed descriptions of a selection of the assessment tasks developed and documented during the project, along with templates for a number of the tasks and strategies.


Numeracy Up Front : Behind The International Life Skills Survey, Dave Tout Dec 2002

Numeracy Up Front : Behind The International Life Skills Survey, Dave Tout

David (Dave) Tout

This paper presents some of the results of the Numeracy Working Group in the International Life Skills Survey (ILSS) and the what the author suggests is a wealth of ideas and concepts that can be of interest to the wider educational sector. The author looks at why numeracy was included in the ILSS and the numeracy framework that was established. Complexity factors, assessment items, results so far and issues, problems and benefits showing up in the survey are discussed.


Inclusion Of Numeracy In Adult Basic Education, Dave Tout, Mary Schmitt Dec 2001

Inclusion Of Numeracy In Adult Basic Education, Dave Tout, Mary Schmitt

David (Dave) Tout

In their chapter on numeracy, the authors begin by exploring the many terms used to describe the learning of mathematics by adults. They discuss the relationship between the terms "mathematics" and "numeracy" and explain why numeracy--making meaning with numbers and mathematical processes--is the term they chose for their overview. Moving on to examine adult numeracy education in the U.S, the authors find that little attention is paid to the development of math skills among adults in Adult Basic Education (ABE) research but that adult numeracy education is prominent in practice. They highlight the development of practitioner groups that share ...


What Is Numeracy? What Is Mathematics?, Dave Tout Dec 1999

What Is Numeracy? What Is Mathematics?, Dave Tout

David (Dave) Tout

The questions of what is numeracy and what is its relationship with mathematics are questions that adult educators in Australia have been trying to answer over the last ten or more years. This discussion and presentation will look at some of the developments, issues and debates that have arisen over this period, and present a number of positions and theories about numeracy, and the implications of numeracy teaching.


Numeracy In The Adult Literacy And Life Skills Project., M Manly, Dave Tout Dec 1999

Numeracy In The Adult Literacy And Life Skills Project., M Manly, Dave Tout

David (Dave) Tout

This paper reports on the development to date of the numeracy conceptual framework for the Adult Literacy and Life Skills (ALL) Project. The inclusion of a numeracy scale in the ALL survey offered a significant opportunity to develop a new conceptual framework for adult numeracy. This paper discusses the meaning of numeracy and the notion of numerate behaviour, represents a framework of five facets, looks at a complexity-rating scheme used to guide construction of the assessment tasks, and finally presents some preliminary findings about adults' ability to solve different percentage tasks.


Numeracy Gets A Guernsey Alongside Literacy, Dave Tout Dec 1998

Numeracy Gets A Guernsey Alongside Literacy, Dave Tout

David (Dave) Tout

This article discusses a proposed followup to the International Adult Literacy Survey called the International Life Skills Survey. This will assess performance in four skills domains - prose literacy, document literacy, numeracy and problem solving - and make behavioural reports in teamwork, practical cognition, and information and communication technology. This article looks at the numeracy aspects.


Football, Meatpies, Kangaroos And Toyotas. Book 1. Social Change And The Australian People, A Study Book For Literacy And Numeracy., J Kindler, Dave Tout Dec 1998

Football, Meatpies, Kangaroos And Toyotas. Book 1. Social Change And The Australian People, A Study Book For Literacy And Numeracy., J Kindler, Dave Tout

David (Dave) Tout

A textbook for adult learners in the area of literacy and numeracy skills. This textbook looks at the social changes in Australia over the last fifty years, specifically the Australian population with topics on the increase in the population, migration, ageing population, and population density. The textbook includes integrated reading, writing and maths tasks.


'Absolutely Worth The Effort!' The Final Report Of The Adult Numeracy And Mathematics On Line (Anamol) Project., B Marr, B Johnston, Dave Tout Dec 1997

'Absolutely Worth The Effort!' The Final Report Of The Adult Numeracy And Mathematics On Line (Anamol) Project., B Marr, B Johnston, Dave Tout

David (Dave) Tout

By utilising on-line communication technology, The ANAMOL project aimed to address the problems of numeracy teachers who often work in isolated situations. Teachers from four states communicated both on a weekly basis using 'chat' technology, and irregularly via web- based discussion forum. Through these discussions, teaching materials were written, trialled, refined and published on a newly- developed website. This report documents the action research methodology used, the project outcomes and implications and recommendations for further on-line professional development.


A Numeracy Curriculum, Dave Tout, B Marr Jun 1997

A Numeracy Curriculum, Dave Tout, B Marr

David (Dave) Tout

Outlines the rationale and development of a curriculum for adults based on realistic purposes and uses of mathematics, and discusses its potential for use with secondary students who are not coping with a more formal curriculum.


An Annotated Bibliography Of Workplace Basic Education Resources And Readings: 1996 Update., Dave Tout, M Renshaw, J Kindler Nov 1996

An Annotated Bibliography Of Workplace Basic Education Resources And Readings: 1996 Update., Dave Tout, M Renshaw, J Kindler

David (Dave) Tout

No abstract provided.


Numeracy: Essential And A Priority? An Ant's Journey, Dave Tout Jan 1996

Numeracy: Essential And A Priority? An Ant's Journey, Dave Tout

David (Dave) Tout

This paper describes the travels of an adult numeracy teacher, through the numeracy terrain of the world of adult basic education and answers the question: is numeracy essential and a priority?


Certificates In General Education For Adults: Certificate I (Foundation), Certificate Ii And Certificate Ii (Further Study)., R Kenrick, J Kindler, B Marr, Dave Tout, L Wignall Dec 1995

Certificates In General Education For Adults: Certificate I (Foundation), Certificate Ii And Certificate Ii (Further Study)., R Kenrick, J Kindler, B Marr, Dave Tout, L Wignall

David (Dave) Tout

No abstract provided.


Adult Numeracy Teaching : Making Meaning In Mathematics, Dave Tout, Betty Johnston Dec 1994

Adult Numeracy Teaching : Making Meaning In Mathematics, Dave Tout, Betty Johnston

David (Dave) Tout

No abstract provided.


An Annotated Bibliography Of Workplace Basic Education Resources And Readings., Dave Tout, M Renshaw, J Kindler Jun 1994

An Annotated Bibliography Of Workplace Basic Education Resources And Readings., Dave Tout, M Renshaw, J Kindler

David (Dave) Tout

No abstract provided.


Numeracy On The Line : Language Based Numeracy Activities For Adults, Beth Marr, Chris Anderson, Dave Tout Dec 1993

Numeracy On The Line : Language Based Numeracy Activities For Adults, Beth Marr, Chris Anderson, Dave Tout

David (Dave) Tout

No abstract provided.


Adult Literacy And Basic Education Into The 1990'S, Bill Bradshaw, Daryl Evans, Dave Tout, Aileen Treloar, Peter Waterhouse Dec 1989

Adult Literacy And Basic Education Into The 1990'S, Bill Bradshaw, Daryl Evans, Dave Tout, Aileen Treloar, Peter Waterhouse

David (Dave) Tout

No abstract provided.


Working Together: New Directions In Adult Basic Education., J Kindler (Ed), Dave Tout (Ed) Dec 1989

Working Together: New Directions In Adult Basic Education., J Kindler (Ed), Dave Tout (Ed)

David (Dave) Tout

The papers appear under the categories of: education, community; management and workforce, and they point to new practices in adult basic education.