Challenges in embedding numeracy throughout the curriculum in three Queensland secondary schools

Carter, Merilyn Gladys, Klenowski, Valentina, & Chalmers, Christina (2015) Challenges in embedding numeracy throughout the curriculum in three Queensland secondary schools. The Australian Educational Researcher, 42(5), pp. 595-611.

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The Australian Curriculum identified seven General Capabilities, including numeracy, to be embedded in all learning areas. However, it has been left to individual schools to manage this. Whilst there is a growing body of literature about pedagogies that embed numeracy in various learning areas, there are few studies from the management perspective. A social constructivist perspective and a multiple case study approach were used to explore the actions of school managers and mathematics teachers in three Queensland secondary schools, in order to investigate how they meet the Australian Curriculum requirement to embed numeracy throughout the curriculum. The study found a lack of coordinated cross-curricular approaches to numeracy in any of the schools studied. It illustrates the difficulties that arise when teachers do not share the Australian Curriculum cross-curricular vision of numeracy. Schools and curriculum authorities have not acknowledged the challenges for teachers in implementing cross-curricular numeracy, which include: limited understanding of numeracy; a lack of commitment; and inadequate skills. Successful embedding of numeracy in all learning areas requires: the commitment and support of school leaders, a review of school curriculum documents and pedagogical practices, professional development of teachers, and adequate funding to support these activities.

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ID Code: 87818
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: numeracy, Australian Curriculum, mathematics, secondary education
DOI: 10.1007/s13384-015-0188-x
ISSN: 2210-5328
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Mathematics and Numeracy Curriculum and Pedagogy (130208)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > Schools > School of Teacher Education & Leadership
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Deposited On: 28 Sep 2015 03:35
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2016 21:11

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