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These websites are arranged according to the
topics suggested by "A
Framework for Adult Numeracy Standards," based upon
a study by the Adult Numeracy Network (ANN). In this study,
instructors and learners identified the mathematical skills
and abilities adults need to fulfill their life roles.
There are additional websites
in these topics in the Student/Learner section of the
Science & Numeracy Special Collection.



Number
and Number Sense
Number sense is a content skill that encompasses many areas.
This skill needs to be explored using whole numbers, fractions,
decimals, percents, ratio, money, and estimation. Being able
to handle numbers comfortably and competently is important
to adults as parents, workers, and community members. Estimation,
mental math, computation, and calculators are all tools that
develop number and number sense.



Problem
Solving: Reasoning and Decision Making
Problem solving, reasoning, and decision making are three
very interconnected processes that adults engage in continuously.
Problem solving is a process that includes seeking to understand
the problem, then figuring out what information and math skills
are important to use and solve the problem. While problem
solving is embedded in mathematics, there are specific skills
and strategies that help greatly.



Data
Analysis, Probability and Statistics, and Graphing
Reading charts and graphs, interpreting data, and making decisions
based on information are key skills to being a successful
worker and informed citizen. Being an informed citizen includes
understanding statistics and probability as well. Adults cannot
made reasonable decisions unless they understand from where
the statistics come.



Geometry:
Spatial Sense and Measurement
Measurement, a foundation skill for geometry, is an essential
life skill. It is not an end in itself, but a tool used in
many contexts: home, work, and community. Awareness of acceptable
tolerances, margins and upper and lower limits, is critical
to measurement competence. Today, much is computerized but
the results are only as good as the information inputted.
Visualization and concrete models help reasoning in this area.



Algebra:
Patterns and Functions
Algebra includes more than formal methods of equation solving,
age problems and lots of X’s and Y’s. Conceptual
understanding, algebra as a means of representation, and algebraic
methods are all problem solving tools. Algebraic reasoning
allows us to think about and express patterns, relations,
and functions which ultimately give us access to technology.

To submit ideas and resources for this section,
please contact Susan Cowles.
