Workplace Wednesday: Essential skill: Numeracy

Workplace Wednesday: Essential skill: Numeracy

Workplace Wednesday: Essential skill: Numeracy

Date posted: September 18, 2013

The 4th annual Essential Skills Day will be celebrated on September 27, 2013. It’s a day to raise awareness about the importance of workplace literacy and essential skills training. This Workplace Wednesday post focuses on the essential skill of numeracy.

Here’s a sample of print resources in the library specifically about numeracy at work:

Graphs & charts: Workwrite, book 6.
Marissa Mazulla, Karen Geraci, Alesandra Popovic. Toronto: PTP, 2008.
Book 6 of the Workwrite series provides learners with opportunities to practice reading, writing, document use and numeracy skills within a workplace context. It contains an overview of many common graph types used in workplaces today, including how they are created, who uses them and how they display information. Each unit covers a different type of graph.

Numeracy: Workwrite, book 7.
Marissa Mazulla, Karen Geraci, Alesandra Popovic. Toronto: PTP, 2008.
Book 7 of the Workwrite series provides an overview of the kinds of numeracy skills used by workers in a variety of occupations. Readers will learn who uses numeracy skills, which contexts they are used in, and why they are used. Instructors can use the different types of activities to ensure learners understand each application.

Thinking strategies for numeracy: a practitioner’s guide.

Vanya Wong, Julia Lew, Claire Lloyd. Burnaby, BC: SkillPlan, 2008.
This resource looks at teaching the thinking strategies that translate a work problem into a set of mathematical operations needed to complete a task. It is the step that comes before calculations. Specific mathematics skills are not covered. After teaching the problem-solving strategy, practice is given in using lists and tables, entry forms, graphs and maps, mimetic documents and documents with reading material.

Trades math workbook: essential skills and apprenticeship.
Gatineau, Que.: HRSDC, 2010.
dsp-psd.pwgsc.gc.ca/collections/collection_2010/rhdcc-hrsdc/HS18-11-2010-eng.pdf
This workbook provides a selection of exercises to demonstrate the numeracy skills required to work in the trades. It is divided into four sections: measurement and calculation; money math; scheduling, budgeting and accounting; and data analysis. An answer key is provided.

And, there are lots of online numeracy resources as well. Here’s a recent one:

Learning on demand numeracy. (Online)
Winnipeg, Man.: Workplace Education Manitoba, 2013.
www.wem.mb.ca/learning_on_demand_numeracy.aspx
First in WEM’s Learning on Demand tutorial series is Numeracy: The Basics. This tutorial includes a set of 50 videos explaining essential numeracy topics broken into concept and practice sets. Numeracy topics covered include adding and subtracting fractions, multiplying decimals, metric conversions, geometry, etc. Accompanying each set is a Numeracy: The Basics Workbook.

To find more print and online resources on numeracy, browse our Numeracy Materials list.

And, to borrow any of these resources, email library@decoda.ca

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