Vol. 6 No. 1 (1996)

A School Based Approach to Curriculum Management to Promote Mathematical Literacy (sic Numeracy)

Maria Byron
The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus


  • Mathematics Education,
  • Numeracy,
  • Curriculum Development,
  • Models,
  • Trinidad and Tobago


The paper suggests that the term numeracy can no longer adequately define the mathematical competence which individuals should demonstrate. Instead it advocates a reconceptualization of numeracy as mathematical literacy. As a broader concept, mathematical literacy encompasses other dimensions of  mathematical skills. This reconceptualization is necessary because technology has created the need for a different set of skills for competent mathematical functioning. The education community must reconfigure curriculum and promote teacher development in order to address related issues. A school based approach to managment of the mathematics curriculum is presented in a model which promotes mathematical empowerment through professional development and instructional reform.