Newsletter #38

NeuroMat organizes meeting on mathematical literacy in Brazil

The Research, Innovation and Dissemination Center for Neuromathematics (RIDC NeuroMat) has organized the meeting "Numeracy in Brazil: diagnoses and perspectives," to be held on May 16, in São Paulo. This event has the support of the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) and the University of São Paulo School of Education (FEUSP).

This event intends to provide an opportunity for discussions and proposals to improve numeracy in Brazil. Data from the 2015 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), a triennial assessment of the educational system in dozens of countries in the world, appear to corroborate a general understanding that the level of mathematical literacy in Brazil is worrying. Mathematical literacy, as assessed by PISA, includes understanding the role of Mathematics in making sense of the world and engaging with Mathematics in a way that corresponds to basic skills of establishing connections, reasoning, problem solving and representation.

As a keynote speaker, PISA specialist Esther Carvalhaes will be responsible for providing an understanding of the 2015 report of mathematical literacy.

The RIDC NeuroMat has sustained a continuous education program, and the expectation is that this meeting in May will contribute to establishing a general overview of Brazil's challenges in mathematical literacy and building a pool of purposeful directions to face these challenges.

Prior registration is required for those interested in receiving a certificate of participation.

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