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Mathematical Literacy is a subject that uses mathematical concepts, and applies them to everyday situations. Mathematical Literacy is not an alternative to what was once Standard Grade Mathematics; advocates for the subject suggest that it is an entirely new and independent subject. Typical lessons include:
These lessons provide learners with the opportunity to become financially responsible and mathematically literate adults. Looking at the debt situation in South Africa, one can certainly see that these are sorely needed skills.
(Taken from Robyn Clark’s article “Maths vs Maths Literacy: the continuing debate”)
Mathematical Literacy allows learners to make sense of the “real” world – a world characterised by numerically based arguments, data representations and misrepresentations. Learners are exposed to mathematical content within real-life contextual situations.
The subject Mathematical Literacy should enable the learner to become a self-managing person and a participating citizen within a developing democracy.
Boys who are mathematically literate should have the capacity and confidence to interpret any real-life context that they encounter, and be able to identify and perform the techniques, calculations and/or other considerations needed to make sense of the context. In this sense Mathematical Literacy develops a general set of skills needed to deal with a range of large problems.
St Benedict's College Policy Library
The Mathematical Literacy syllabus is only taught from
Grade 10 and is organised and categorised according to topics
Maps, plans and other representations of
the real world.
Topics have then been further separated into skills:
Interpreting and communicating answers and
Numbers and calculations with numbers
Patterns, relationships and representations
The key elements of Mathematical Literacy:
The use of elementary mathematical content.
The mathematical content of Mathematical
Literacy is limited to those elementary mathematical concepts and skills that
are relevant to making sense of numerically and statistically based scenarios
faced in the everyday lives of individuals
Involves real-life contexts.
In exploring and solving real-world
problems, it is essential that the contexts used in this subject are authentic
and relevant to daily life.
The ability to solve familiar and
The purpose of this subject is to equip learners
with the necessary knowledge and skills to be able to solve problems in any
context that they may encounter in daily life.
Involves decision making and communication.
A mathematically literate individual is
able to weigh up options by comparing solutions, make decisions regarding the
most appropriate choice for a given set of conditions and communicate decisions
using terminology appropriate to the context.
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