Learning to Read the Numbers: Integrating Critical Literacy and Critical Numeracy in K-8 ClassroomsA Co-Publication of The National Council of Teachers of English and Routledge / Edition 1

Learning to Read the Numbers: Integrating Critical Literacy and Critical Numeracy in K-8 ClassroomsA Co-Publication of The National Council of Teachers of English and Routledge / Edition 1

by David J. Whitin, Phyllis E. Whitin
     
 

Being a critical reader of numerical information is an integral part of being literate in today’s data-drenched world. Uniquely addressing both mathematics and language issues, this text shows how critical readers dig beneath the surface of data to better evaluate their usefulness and to understand how numbers are constructed by authors to portray a certain

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Overview

Being a critical reader of numerical information is an integral part of being literate in today’s data-drenched world. Uniquely addressing both mathematics and language issues, this text shows how critical readers dig beneath the surface of data to better evaluate their usefulness and to understand how numbers are constructed by authors to portray a certain version of reality. Engaging, concise, and rich with examples and clear connections to classroom practice, it provides a framework of critical questions that children and teachers can pose to crack open authors’ intentions, expose their decisions, and make clear who are the winners and losers – questions that are essential for building democratic classrooms.

Explaining and illustrating how K-8 teachers can engage students in developing the ability to be both critical composers and critical readers of texts, Learning to Read the Numbers is designed for teacher education courses across the areas of language arts, mathematics, and curriculum studies, and for elementary teachers, administrators, and literacy and mathematics coaches.

Learning to Read the Numbers is a co-publication of The National Council of Teachers of English (www.ncte.org) and Routledge.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415874311
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
09/21/2010
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

David J. Whitin teaches mathematics education courses in the Elementary Education Department at Wayne State University.

Phyllis E. Whitin teaches language arts education courses in the Elementary Education Department at Wayne State University.

Table of Contents

Preface vi

Acknowledgments viii

1 Learning to Read the Numbers: It's Everybody's Business 1

2 Getting What You Ask For: Examining the Question 22

3 Definitions and Categories: Deciding What Gets Counted 41

4 Creating the Visual: Playing Statistical Hide and Seek 59

5 What We Don't Know: Critiquing the Sample and the Conclusions 82

6 Learning to be Critics: A Case Study of Children's Television Advertising 102

Appendix A 124

Appendix B 125

Appendix C 126

References 129

Index 133

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