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Numeracy is a term that emerged in the United Kingdom as a contraction of "numerical literacy". In the United States, it is familiar to math educators and intellectuals but not in the common usage. Innumeracy is the absence of numeracy. Wikibooks Wikiversity has more about this subject: School of Mathematics Wikiquote has a collection of quotations related to: Mathematics Look up Mathematics on Wiktionary, the free dictionary Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Mathematics Bogomolny, Alexander: Interactive Mathematics Miscellany and Puzzles. ... An intellectual is a person who uses his or her intellect to study, reflect, or speculate on a variety of different ideas. ...


The UK's Department for Education and Skills defines numeracy in their National Strategy documents as follows: Department for Education and Skills (DfES) is a department in the United Kingdom government created in 2001. ...

Numeracy is a proficiency which is developed mainly in mathematics but also in other subjects. It is more than an ability to do basic arithmetic. It involves developing confidence and competence with numbers and measures. It requires understanding of the number system, a repertoire of mathematical techniques, and an inclination and ability to solve quantitative or spatial problems in a range of contexts. Numeracy also demands understanding of the ways in which data are gathered by counting and measuring, and presented in graphs, diagrams, charts and tables.

Innumeracy has been blamed for the consumer debt that is endemic to the United States, and the apparent general lack of basic mathematical sense among certain individuals. In many developed countries, even prominent and successful people will attest, sometimes proudly, to low mathematical competence, in sharp contrast to the stigma associated with illiteracy. Consumer debt is debt that develops due to everyday expenditures. ...


Pathological innumeracy, known as dyscalculia, is often associated with neurological lesions. Dyscalculia is a specific learning difficulty affecting a persons ability to understand and/or manipulate numbers. ... Neurology is the branch of medicine dealing with the nervous system and its disorders. ... A lesion is a non-specific term referring to abnormal tissue in the body. ...


See also

Literacy is the ability to read and write. ...

External links

  • Drexel Math Forum page on adult numeracy
  • The UK National Numeracy Strategy website
  • Numeracy and Mathematics, from the DfES
  • Teachers' TV: find programmes on teaching numeracy and maths

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Steen: Numeracy (6220 words)
Numeracy is to mathematics as literacy is to language.
Some argue that the role of numeracy on standard exams and course prerequisites should be reduced to match typical job requirements; others, including the President of the National Academy of Engineering [25], argue that mathematics should become a pump rather than a filter in the educational pipeline from school to jobs.
Although numeracy may be taught in mathematics classes, to be learned effectively it must be used widely in other contexts, both in school, at home, in entertainment, and in sports.
Numeracy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (684 words)
Numeracy is a proficiency which is developed mainly in mathematics but also in other subjects.
Numeracy also demands understanding of the ways in which data are gathered by counting and measuring, and presented in graphs, diagrams, charts and tables.
A high level of numeracy is required for some jobs, for example: mathematician, physicist, accountant, actuary, engineer, and architect.
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