Geiger, V., Goos, M., Dole, S., Forgasz, H. & Bennison, A. (2013). Exploring the demands and opportunities for numeracy in the Australian curriculum: English. Proceedings of the 36th annual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australia 330-337. Melbourne, Australia: Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia. Retrieved from http://www.merga.net.au/node/38?year=2013
Numeracy is a fundamental component of the Australian National Curriculum as a General Capability identified in each F-10 subject. In this paper we report on an aspect of a larger project aimed at investigating how effective cross-curricular numeracy practice can be implemented within the context of the Australian National Curriculum. Specifically, we draw on a numeracy audit of the English curriculum and on data via a semi-structured teacher interview to explore the numeracy demands and opportunities that exist in the teaching of English. Despite limited guidance for teachers in how to take advantage of numeracy skills within English, our investigation reveals that multiple opportunities to do so abound.
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