Business 2000: How words can help you to understand numbers

Students' ability to understand, analyse and evaluate information is enhanced by vocabulary and comprehension skills, writes Rachel Farrell.

5th May, 2012
Students should become apprentice economists, rather than passive students of economics. Photo: Getty

Literacy and Numeracy for Learning and Life: the national strategy to improve literacy and numeracy among children and young people 2011-2020, was published last July.

The strategy highlights the need to strengthen literacy and numeracy skills across all curricular areas in education.

According to the strategy, "literacy includes the capacity to read, understand and critically appreciate various forms of communication, including spoken language, printed text, broadcast media and digital media". Consequently, subject departments must now...

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