How can I get my learners to self-assess their attitudes to maths?


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How do I use the Attitudes to Maths survey with my learners?

As well as using a self-assessment tool for reading attitudes, you should also use something similar for numeracy. The example below uses the word “maths” instead of numeracy. This is because it’s more likely to be familiar to the learners.

Here are sample learner self-assessment questions. Again, please use or adapt these to find out learners’ current attitudes towards using and learning maths and numeracy.

Tick the number that best matches your answer

1. How much do you like maths?

Hate it

Don’t like it much Okay Quite like it Love it

2. How good do you think you are at maths?

Not good at all

Don’t like it much Okay Quite like it Love it

3. How confident do you feel doing maths in your daily life?

Not at all confident

Not very confident Okay Quite confident Really confident

4. How important is maths for you in your daily life?

Not at all confident

Not very confident Okay Quite confident Really confident

Click here to download this as a word document that you can edit.

Do I have to use this?

As for literacy, you need to provide various kinds of evidence that show how you have assessed your learners’ numeracy abilities. This kind of self-assessment counts as diagnostic assessment.

As we’ve mentioned, you can use this as pre and post assessment to measure learner confidence when it comes to maths and numeracy. Confidence is something that the TEC Assessment Tool does not measure.

It’s a good idea to use something like this at the start of your embedding project work because learner confidence is one of the main things that tutors want to report on in the final stages. If you use this kind of self assessment, you’ll have some great data to help you talk about any changes to learner confidence.

We recommend that either you use this self-assessment for surveying maths and numeracy attitudes or design your own that is more appropriate for the needs of your learners.

Feel free to experiment with what works for your learners. You don’t have to use our template or format, but it’s there to save you time. You do need to have some kind of learner self-assessment for each of literacy and numeracy. One like this takes care of the numeracy side of things.

What do I have to provide as evidence for the NZCALNE (Voc)?

As supporting evidence for this qualification, you need to supply two completed learner self-assessments for at least two learners. These are the same two learners from your group that you are working with through Assessments 5, 6 and 7.

You should supply these assessments electronically as scans or images once your learners have completed them.

Again, you can blank out learner names if you need to make them anonymous. If you do this, please refer to them as Learner A and Learner B. Make sure that you are consistent with this so that you can refer to the same learners all the way through.

Here it is again. You’ll need to collect and then supply scanned copies or images as follows:

  • Learner A: Self Assessment such as the Attitudes to Reading Survey.
  • Learner B: Self Assessment such as the Attitudes to Reading Survey.

 

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