About the course

Course outline

This is a facilitated online course comprising two one-hour sessions and a facilitator supported community of practice requiring one to two hours of involvement per week for four weeks. Participants will have the opportunity to practice and reflect on the new learning and exchange experiences and ideas with each other and the facilitator.

Topics covered

The course covers:

  • the importance of proportional reasoning within the context of numeracy, workplace competence, and problem-solving
  • a model for developing lower-skilled adults’ numeracy skills
  • how to use diagnostic assessment to target and develop key skills
  • a deep-dive into specific strategies designed to effectively develop lower-skilled adult learners’ proportional reasoning, fraction, decimal and percentage skills
  • introduction to a range of resources designed to develop learners’ skills.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course participants will:

  • understand the importance of proportional reasoning with adult numeracy and develop their own proportional reasoning skills
  • use diagnostic assessment to assess a learners’ understanding of proportional reasoning, fractions, decimals and percentages
  • design and deliver effective lessons on proportional reasoning, fractions, decimals or percentages
  • develop a toolbox of strategies to teach proportional reasoning, fractions, decimals and percentages.

Who is this course for? 

This course is recommended for teaching and learning support practitioners seeking to expand their understanding and practice.

About the facilitator

Dr Damon Whitten is a professional development specialist focusing on adult literacy and numeracy and connecting research to real-world contexts to develop effective teaching and learning approaches.

Ako Aotearoa badges

Participants can earn Ako Aotearoa digital badges as evidence of participation and completion of course requirements. 

Public course dates will be listed below when available. Or, contact us to discuss booking a course privately for your organisation.

Taking that next step in your professional learning and development is easy with Ako Aotearoa. Everything is evidence-based, practical, high-quality, effective and sustainable.

In response to the current challenges of delivering “face-to-face” events, our range of PLD is delivered online - workshops and courses, many with digital badges awarded on completion:

  1. In-house Learning and Development (currently online only until further notice)
    We can come to you to deliver in-house professional development. Contact us to discuss your needs and budget. 
  2. Public Online Workshops
    Register for one of our public workshops scheduled throughout the year. So many topics to choose from! 
  3. Ako Talks and webinars
    These online sessions deliver bite-sized information about current topics of interest to educators. Dates and topics are announced on social media and in our Community section and monthly e-news.