Session 6

Friday November 26 - 10.45am to 11.30am (AEST)

10.45am - 11.30am

Session 6


Professional Learning: Multi-numeracies: Supporting critical numeracy and maths skills in all our learners

Dave Tout, Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER)


This presentation will share insights arising from some recent work undertaken internationally and in Victoria that are attempting to address the issue of better and more equitably supporting a broader range of learners and adults gain improved capabilities in their mathematical understanding and use. What maths and numeracy knowledge and associated skills do young people and adults need for their current and future lives, within their personal, social and vocational/workplace spaces, and how can these be framed and viewed from a teaching and learning perspective? Utilising the idea of multi-numeracies, I will present a rationale for why this is critical as we move further into the 21st century, and highlight a number of different aspects that need to be explicitly addressed and incorporated into our practices. Finally, I will try to illustrate what this might mean for the teaching in your classroom spaces.


Dave Tout

Dave Tout

Australian Council for Education Research (ACER)

Dave is an experienced LLN educator who is particularly interested in making mathematics relevant, interesting and fun for all students, and is recognised as one of Australia’s leading adult numeracy personnel. He has over 40 years’ experience, mainly in the VET sector, working across schools, TAFEs, ACE providers, universities and workplaces. He has wide experience at a state, national and international level in research, curriculum, assessment and professional development. Dave has written numeracy and maths curriculum, and teaching resources, including for the CGEA, VCE, VCAL and recently for the replacement frameworks for VCAL, and is also an author of the Australian Core Skills Framework. Dave has been involved in international numeracy assessments including the OECD’s PIAAC and PISA assessment programs.