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Embedded literacy and numeracy in drug calculations

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Last updated 08 March 2013 00:01 by NZTecAdmin

Determining an appropriate strategy for a specific learning need requires cycles of reflection. When the first deliberate teaching strategies to improve numeracy outcomes didn’t work these tutors investigated other approaches to use literacy strengths to improve numeracy outcomes for their students.

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This action research project at Whitireia Community Polytechnic found that literacy strengths could be used to support numeracy weakness.

In this case students had difficulty remembering and applying algebraic formulae to work out drug calculations. Tutors reflected on their teaching practice and used action research to find ways of helping students with this problem. They found that they could use the students’ literacy strengths to enable them to work out the calculation from the problem statement. Pass rates for calculations improved significantly as a result.

Things To Think About

  • How did the tutors use action research to address an issue they had identified as a barrier to student achievement?
  • What aspect of my teaching would warrant action research?
  • Who can I work with to test ideas and assumptions and undertake action research to improve my teaching?


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