Numeracy Research: Recommendations and definition - Interview with Katherine Clarke-Nolan, Policy analyst, OLES [Audio – 3:09] (2011)

This is the fourth in a series of podcasts, developed by the Office of Literacy and Essential Skills (OLES) in Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC), describing the research on numeracy that is part of the Essential Skills Research Project undertaken to improve the current measurement framework for those skills.

In this podcast, OLES policy analyst Katherine Clarke-Nolan explains how researchers decided on a definition of numeracy for the project.

She points out that unlike the international numeracy definitions, which are more general in nature, the Essential Skills Research Project’s numeracy definition focuses specifically on work-related contexts.

The researchers provided two potential definitions, one for adult numeracy and another for workplace numeracy.

The first definition states that adult numeracy is the ability to identify, understand, critically interpret, and apply mathematical concepts, processes, and representations in order to engage in and answer to the mathematical demands of a variety of situations in adult life.

Workplace numeracy is defined as the ability to identify, understand, critically interpret, and apply mathematical concepts, processes, and representations that are appropriate to the work context in which the individual is engaged in order to effectively manage or perform work activities.

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Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC). Numeracy Research: Recommendations and definition - Interview with Katherine Clarke-Nolan, Policy analyst, OLES [Audio – 3:09] 2011. Web. 25 Feb. 2021 <http://en.copian.ca/library/multimedia/audio/hrsdc/katherine_nolan_part_4.htm>
Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) (2011). Numeracy Research: Recommendations and definition - Interview with Katherine Clarke-Nolan, Policy analyst, OLES [Audio – 3:09]. Retrieved February 25, 2021, from http://en.copian.ca/library/multimedia/audio/hrsdc/katherine_nolan_part_4.htm
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