This webinar is based on the findings of a report on numeracy in low-income countries. The report was commissioned by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and conducted by academics representing a diversity of countries ranging from South Africa and India to the Philippines and Australia. The webinar will discuss:
- How can numeracy meet the demands of contexts and countries?
- What evidence exists about teaching numeracy and what are its limitations?
- What are the lessons learnt from teaching numeracy?
- Who is responsible for developing numeracy in low-income countries?
The presentation will argue that while it is possible and essential to learn from the experience and evidence produced in one context, uncritically generalizing across contexts is counter-productive.
Evidence obtained from many contexts and countries point to the need to develop numeracy in a holistic approach, starting from the real world context of the child and catering for the particular needs of different groups of students. The webinar will conclude with a discussion on the ethical responsibility of developing numeracy everywhere.
The webinar will be presented by Bill Atweh, a former mathematics professor at Australian universities is now an international consultant in education working with many universities around the world to develop expertise in researching and promoting better supervision for numeracy education. He is also a co-editor of several international books in education. His primary area of research is in sociocultural aspects of education including globalization and social justice. Recently, he led an international team to write a report on teaching numeracy in low-income countries.
Join the Community of Practice ‘Numeracy for Development’
The webinar series is part of a GPE Community of Practice (CoP) ‘Numeracy for Development’, now facilitated by the GIZ and Save the Children. The CoP is open to teachers, educators, practitioners, researchers, academics and others interested in numeracy.
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Topic: Monthly Numeracy Community of Practice Webinar
Date: Wednesday, December 3, 2014
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