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    Exploring Ancient Greek and Roman Numeracy

    Cuomo, Serafina (2011) Exploring Ancient Greek and Roman Numeracy. In: Early Mathematics Day, 2011, Barnard’s Inn Hall, Gresham College, London, UK.

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    Abstract

    Numeracy is everywhere these days. Every week my son’s school gives us a newsletter insisting that we should practice his numeracy skills whenever we get the chance: he should count ducks at the park and do sums with his food. In the name of early years numeracy, you can now buy soft toys shaped like this [Numberjack 5 – ‘he likes lots of cuddles’]. The present government seems as worried as the last one about adult innumeracy rates, which are commonly quoted in the media as a terrifying 20%. Yes: I have not seen the data myself, but apparently one in five adults in the UK today is innumerate. I don’t know what criteria have been used for assessment, but what I do know is that experts are paid to produce ‘maps’ like this to explain the phenomenon [map of the influence on functional numeracy,from the official website of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills].

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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Lecture)
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > History, Classics and Archaeology
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2013 14:57
    Last Modified: 02 Dec 2013 14:57
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/8787

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