Institute for Learning Sciences & Teacher Education

Enhancing numeracy learning and teaching across the curriculum


Numeracy is an important component of the Australian school curriculum – in all subjects, not only mathematics. Leaving school with poor numeracy has devastating social and economic consequences for young people, especially those from already disadvantaged backgrounds. This project will use a rich model
of numeracy to:

  1. identify the numeracy demands of all subjects in the new Australian Curriculum and;
  2. develop and refine teaching practices with a view to improving student performance on both standardized numeracy tests and more realistic, contextualised tasks.

The outcomes will generate new theoretical and practical insights into effective numeracy education across the school curriculum.


  • Australian Research Council (Discovery), $210,000
  • ACU, $161,654