© 2005

Navigating Numeracies

Home/School Numeracy Practices

  • Brian Street
  • Dave Baker
  • Alison Tomlin

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxv
  2. The Context

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
  3. Theory and Methodology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
    2. Pages 15-24
    3. Pages 25-33
  4. Introduction to the Case Studies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 35-37
    2. Pages 39-77
    3. Pages 79-113
  5. Themes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 115-116
    2. Pages 145-162
    3. Pages 163-169
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 171-218

About this book


The book aims to further understanding of why some pupils have low achievement in numeracy in the school context. The authors aim to achieve this by a relatively original view that focuses on numeracy as a social practice. They report on their investigations into the meanings and uses of numeracy in school and home and community contexts, using ethnographic-style approaches, including formal and informal interviews and observations. The book will be useful for policy, practice and further research into the teaching and learning of mathematics in schools. It will therefore be of interest to policy makers, teachers and practitioners, academics and practitioners in teacher education, education researchers, and parents and community leaders.


Leverhulme education educational research learning numeracy teacher education

Editors and affiliations

  • Brian Street
    • 1
  • Dave Baker
    • 2
  • Alison Tomlin
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Continuing Education and Professional DevelopmentKing’s CollegeLondonUK
  2. 2.Inst. EducationUniversity of LondonLondonUK
  3. 3.Department of Education and Professional StudiesKing’s CollegeLondonUK

About the editors

Dave Baker studied mathematics before becoming a teacher of mathematics in schools. He taught on teacher education programmes and then undertook research into teaching and learning mathematics in schools and its links to children’s homes. He has focused on issues of social justice in mathematics and has sought to extend current developments in pedagogy towards widening access and to the need to transform dominant practices in schooling. He has published two books, presented at many conferences and published academic papers on mathematics education.

Prof. Street trained in anthropology and has a longstanding commitment to linking ethnographic-style research on the cultural dimension of language and literacy with contemporary practice in education and in development. He has engaged in this in a number of countries - USA, S. Africa, Nepal, India, Iran etc. and has published 12 books and over 80 academic articles in international contexts. He has recently worked with colleagues in mathematics education to consider the implications of these approaches for numeracy research, pedagogy and curriculum.

Dr. Alison Tomlin has worked as a teacher and manager in adult literacy and numeracy community education settings, and as a manager of an inner city adult education programme which sought to be responsive to demand for education from local communities. Following doctoral research in adult numeracy education organised in collaboration with a group of students of adult numeracy, she was a researcher with the home/school numeracy practices team, and is now researching in adult numeracy. She has published articles relating to home/school numeracy practices research and to adult literacy and numeracy education.

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