September 6, 2010
New research shows that 40% of Irish people have difficulty with everyday maths. The research was conducted by the National Adult Literacy Agency and asked 1,000 adults
(1) 2 maths questions taken from the primary school curriculum, &
(2) 4 basic calculations that people would be required to do on a daily basis.
40% of participants got half or all of the questions wrong.
Such research underlines the importance of initiatives such as the BA in Maths and Education programme – now an integral part of teacher training in the School of Education at NUI Galway :