Improving the Numeracy Component of the Essential Skills Research Project (ESRP) Methodology - Final Report (2011)

This document outlines the findings and recommendations of research on numeracy, undertaken by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) as part of the Essential Skills Research Project (ESRP). The goal of the ESRP is to improve the current measurement framework for those skills.

The research involved a comparative analysis of five international numeracy assessment frameworks, and of the current ESRP framework.

Based on their study, the authors conclude that the ESRP definition of numeracy should highlight declarative and procedural knowledge; emphasize use of knowledge and abilities; describe purposes for numeracy-related activities; be context-related; and promote critical engagement with numerical information and activities.

The ESRP framework should be organized around two domains: declarative mathematical knowledge, and procedural mathematical knowledge. The framework should also include such components as context and enabling processes.

The authors also recommend that three complexity scales be considered for the ESRP methodology: one for declarative knowledge complexity; one for procedural knowledge complexity; and one for mathematical representation.

They call for these recommendations to be validated with experts in the subject matter, educators, and employers across the country. As well, existing essential skills profiles should be aligned with the revised ESRP framework.

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Directions Evidence and Policy Research Group. Improving the Numeracy Component of the Essential Skills Research Project (ESRP) Methodology - Final Report 2011. Web. 24 Nov. 2020 <http://en.copian.ca/library/research/oles/numeracy/numeracy.pdf>
Directions Evidence & Policy Research Group (2011). Improving the Numeracy Component of the Essential Skills Research Project (ESRP) Methodology - Final Report. Retrieved November 24, 2020, from http://en.copian.ca/library/research/oles/numeracy/numeracy.pdf
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