The Components of Numeracy (2006)

As the quantitative and technical aspects of life become more important, adults require higher levels of numeracy to function effectively. In order to achieve these higher levels, numeracy instruction in adult basic education programs needs to be improved and expanded. First, however, policymakers, program directors, educators, professional developers and curriculum designers need a full understanding of numeracy to know how to provide adults with effective numeracy instruction.

In this paper, the authors attempt to describe the complex nature of numeracy as it exists today. By components of adult numeracy, they refer to those fundamental elements that are inherent in proficient numeracy practice. This paper will attempt to identify and clarify the nature of the components that are specific to adult numeracy with the hope that such identification and clarification will provide a vision that will guide instruction, contribute to the design of assessments, frame research, and inform policy.

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Mary Jane Schmitt, Lynda Ginsburg and Myrna Manly. The Components of Numeracy 2006. Web. 30 Nov. 2022 <>
Mary Jane Schmitt, Lynda Ginsburg & Myrna Manly (2006). The Components of Numeracy. Retrieved November 30, 2022, from
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