Numeracy in PIAAC: What role do Adult Numeracy and international surveys of adults’ competencies play in educational policy-making?

Webinar, May 7, 2014, 1 PM EDT


Presented by:  Dr. Jeff Evans, Emeritus Reader in Adults’ Mathematical Learning in the School of Science and Technology, Middlesex University, London.

Adult numeracy is seen as having a character distinct from literacy, despite there being significant overlaps. In PIAAC, numeracy is measured separately, as it was earlier in ALLS (Adult Literacy and Lifeskills Survey). Dr. Evans discussed several features of such international performance surveys, and showed why it is important  to exercise care in reading their results.

Dr. Jeff Evans is a member of the Numeracy Expert Group for PIAAC. He is a long-standing member of Adults Learning Mathematics Research Forum, founded in the 1990s in the UK. His research interests include adults’ numeracy, mathematical thinking and emotion, research methodologies in the social sciences and education, and images of mathematics in popular culture. His perspective comes from a lifelong commitment to numeracy, mathematics and statistics teaching to adults, and from a focus on methodology.

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