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Vocational Applied Learning Association

Engaging ALL students successfully in mathematics and numeracy

  • 31 Mar 2023
  • 09:00 - 15:00
  • Jasper Hotel - 489 Elizabeth Street - Melbourne


  • Special price for members


Engaging ALL students successfully in mathematics and numeracy.

Dave Tout - ACER & Multifangled

This one-day intensive masterclass is suitable for anyone teaching mathematics or numeracy in the middle and upper secondary years, especially in the Victorian Pathways Certificate, VCE Vocational Major, VCE Foundation maths students, alongside teachers and trainers working with disengaged youth and adult and VET learners. 

In order to support and engage ALL students successfully in mathematics and numeracy learning, teaching needs to move beyond the textbook, worksheets and ‘chalk and talk’ to offer an alternative approach and a chance for all students to succeed in and enjoy mathematics teaching and learning. The information, discussions and hands-on activities in this workshop will look at the essential and crucial role that numeracy plays in the 21st century and will focus on activities that develop and practise a range of core mathematical skills through a wide range of approaches such as games, whole class and small group, cooperative work, as well as on enjoyment and having fun with mathematics. Many of the approaches also support and encourage the use and understanding of mathematical language, which is an important underpinning skill that needs to be explicitly addressed in the teaching and learning of mathematics. Activities also demonstrate how mathematics can be made relevant and more engaging through the use of real-life materials and contexts. 

Dave has worked for 50 years in school and adult education, including the VET sector, working across schools, TAFEs, ACE providers, universities, workplaces and in State and national educational bodies and organisations. Dave has extensive experience and expert knowledge about numeracy teaching, learning and assessment, and the focus of much of his work has been about supporting and enhancing the learning of mathematics for all students, especially those disengaged from mathematics. He has a long history of developing and running numeracy professional development programs and workshops, and has presented on a wide range of topics at local, regional, state, national and international events including in Canada, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, NZ, Spain, Sweden, the US and the UK. Dave has been involved in international numeracy/maths assessments including PISA and the adult equivalent, the Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC). He is currently chair of the Numeracy Expert Group for the OECD’s international survey of adult skills (PIAAC). Dave has written maths and numeracy curriculum and teaching materials including for the Victorian qualifications such as the CGEA (Certificates in General Education for Adults), the VCE, VCAL, and its replacements, the VCE Vocational Major and the Victorian Pathways Certificate. Dave is also one of the authors of the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF). Dave is a Senior Research Fellow in Numeracy and Mathematics at the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) and a numeracy and mathematics consultant.

    We look forward to seeing you there!

    Registration includes morning tea and lunch.

    You will receive a certificate of attendance post event.

    The program is subject to change without notice

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