[Numeracy 343] Re: Guest Presenters

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ruth topol learndirect007 at yahoo.co.uk
Thu May 6 10:36:10 EDT 2010

Responses are below the questions. 
My responses are based on seminars/workshops I have attended in the last few years and which have been provided (through government bodies and NOT universities)  in the UK in adult education - in which numeracy sits very uncomfortably in the same bag as Literacy and Language.

--- On Thu, 6/5/10, Denney, Brooke <denneyb at cowley.edu> wrote:

From: Denney, Brooke <denneyb at cowley.edu>
Subject: [Numeracy 340] Guest Presenters
To: numeracy at nifl.gov
Date: Thursday, 6 May, 2010, 12:04

Dear Colleagues:
I am in the process of identifying a panel of guests that would enrich the discussion on the Math and Numeracy List.  However, I would like to hear from you first on the type of information you would like me to focus this panel on.  Therefore, if you would please take a few minutes to respond to the following questions.
1.      Have you attended a conference or training on Adult Numeracy &/or Mathematics and felt empowered by what the presenter said?  If so, what conference or training did you attend?  And what was the presenter’s name?
Every single conference/seminar/workshop I have attended in the UK was either based on 'transmission' (of 'decontextualised' skills) or 'constructivism' (building on prior knowledge) and not one presented a socio-cultural perspective.
That's an abbreviated situation as to what is available in adult numeracy ed. seminars and workshops given by government bodies  in the UK. (Universities are excluded in my comments here!)
None of these seminars/conference has been empowering nor enlightening ... and much of the research (often summarised in these workshops) & driven by government agendas e/g. of employment and global competition etc. has fallen into the same 'deficit skills' area, ignoring alternative perspectives totally!  

2.      Is there a particular area of Adult Numeracy &/or Mathematics that you would be interested in hearing the perspectives from a guest or an expert in that area?
Socio-cultural perspectives particularly with regard to 'transfer' whether that be through changing participation and changing identities or other perspectives. And what the weaknesses in such perspectives are (that they also do not provide the answers) to the 'transfer' issue! 

3.      What topics would you like to see a richer discussion on?
1) transfer, context and numeracies in the workplace; 2) new research in cognitive areas of how learning actually  happens' in maths

4.      What areas of Numeracy &/or Math do you feel you are deficient in?  Or what areas of Numeracy &/or Math do you feel you are passionate about?
I'd like to see more on: - Numeracy as the intersection of maths and literacy (Gal);- numeracies - the practices in which numeracy plays a part;- relations of power in these numeracies
I appreciate your responses to some or all of these questions.  Your answers will assist me to find a panel of guests to meet your needs.  Feel free to respond to the post or email me directly at denneyb at cowley.edu.   Thank you in advance.
Brooke Denney, Moderator
Math and Numeracy Discussion List
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