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ACU commended for project to boost numeracy of disadvantaged children

An Australian Catholic University research project designed to improve the numeracy skills of disadvantaged children has gained an honourable mention in the 2004 Business/Higher Education Round Table (B-HERT) awards for Best Research and Development Collaboration.

The Early Numeracy Research Project (ENRP) was developed in partnership with the Department of Education and Training (Victoria), Catholic Education Office (Melbourne) and the Association of Independent Schools Victoria, researchers and lecturers from the ACU National Mathematics and Literacy Education Flagship.

"The award was a considerable achievement for the Flagship and one for which the staff deserve to be very proud, especially given the high quality of nominations from all around Australia," said ACU National Director of the Mathematics and Literacy Education Research Flagship, Professor Doug Clarke (pictured).

ENRP responds to the needs of special groups, with a focus on culturally relevant learning. The Early Numeracy interview, developed as part of this project, has been used, to date, by teachers and researchers in five states and territories in Australia and nine other countries.

The Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs, The Honourable Peter McGauren presented the Honourable Mention Certificate to Professor Clarke; ACU National Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research and International), Professor John Coll; Director of the Catholic Education Office (Melbourne), Susan Pascoe; and a member of the Australian Catholic University Senate at the awards dinner held at the Shangri-La Hotel in Sydney on 18 November.

ACU National's winning ways with numeracy (Australian Catholic University 1/12/04)

ACU National

2 Dec 2004