Preparing Workers for 21st Century Employment: Making Sense of Math at Work

This resource supports the teaching of specific education and training content that can be implemented by classroom instructors in the context of a particular career cluster.

Michighan Department of Labor and Economic Growth, Office of Adult Education
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Preparing Workers for 21st Century Employment: MakingSense of Math at Work is a mathematics workbook with units correlated to the Equipped for the Future (EFF) Work Readiness Profile skills.   The EFF Work Readiness Profile skills covered include: (1) Allocate Resources; (2) Solve Problems; (3) Responsibility; (4) Work with Others; (5) Use Systems; (6) Acquire and Use Information; and (7) Know How to Learn.


Benefits and Uses

This resource covers broad numeracy concepts in the context of employability standards. Numeracy topics covered include using formulas, estimation, percentages, fractions, addition/subtraction, measurement, decimals, using charts and tables, proportions, mental math, problem solving, graphing, ratios, and multiplication. Each of the 32 problems opens with an employer quote and a workplace scenario to set the context for the problem. Each problem has follow-up critical thinking questions. There is no scope and sequence; each lesson can stand on its own.   Individual lessons within this numeracy curriculum can be integrated into other ABE courses or offered individually as time permits.

Resource Notice

This resource was reviewed and vetted through the Designing Instruction for Career Pathways initiative of the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education under Contract No. ED-CFO-10-A-0072/0001.