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Chambers Adult Learners' Guide to Numeracy [Paperback]

Geoff Mainwaring
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30 Sep 2011 Chambers Adult Learners

This new edition of Chambers Adult Learners' Guide to Numeracy is aimed at adults who lack confidence in their numeracy skills, now in a new, more accessible format. The book provides users with an understanding of the key concepts and methods, then applies them in real-world situations such as calculating distances or working out interest payments. The two-colour text is clearly and spaciously laid out, and plentiful examples, diagrams, and exercises reinforce all the learning points.

The book is based around the 'Skills for Life' numeracy curriculum created by the Department for Education and Skills and its author, Geoff Mainwaring, is a highly experienced teacher and lecturer in numeracy.

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Chambers; 2 edition (30 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0550102175
  • ISBN-13: 978-0550102171
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,330 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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On the Chambers Adult Learners' range:

An excellent range of reference books from the respected publishers Chambers for adult learners and adults with dyslexia.

These books are not just a re-hash of standard works, they have been developed specifically to meet the needs of the target audience. Chambers have clearly acted on advice received from the British Dyslexia Association and, for the large print books, also the RNIB.

The books are very accessible and clearly laid out and should prove popular with anyone who finds a typical dictionary or thesaurus rather impenetrable.


A respectful, sensible book dealing

with everyday

Maths... excellent.

(The Language People,

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Essential, practical numeracy for everyday life

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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A few years ago I gave a review of the first edition of this book, which at the time of writing this review is still available.
The new edition is smaller than the original, with a plain no-frills style cover. I have to say I preferred the original, which fitted in with the other Chambers Skills for Life books.

A smaller book means the font size is also smaller, which isn't so good if you have any degree of visual impairment. If you are giving this to someone who is nervous about Maths and is looking for an excuse not to do it, 'the print is too small' may give them the excuse they need.

Here's my original review, slightly edited to reflect my thoughts on the new book and the fact that other books have appeared on the market since it was written.

I bought this as I am an adult literacy and numeracy tutor and wanted a book I could recommend for extra home study to my students - this is an excellent choice.
Starting from scratch, the book gives clear, practical examples of numeracy problems and takes the student through them step by step.

The book contains lots of interesting facts that makes numeracy come alive for the student- if you've ever wondered why zero Fahrenheit is so far below zero Celsius, this book gives a possible explanation.

Plenty of examples are given in the areas learners seem to find most challenging- for example, how to calculate ratios and metric conversions.
The book is broken down into easy to find, meaningful sections that broadly map to the Adult Numeracy curriculum, starting with whole numbers and ending with data. Illustrations are plentiful, generally clear and helpful although the small print size means that you may sometimes strain to read the labelling on diagrams, for example.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 9 Sep 2012
By Leah
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This book is really easy to follow which is what I need and it explains everything the easy way am really pleased.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Straightforwardly written 14 Oct 2013
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This is a great book for those who struggle with maths. It is easy to read and follow, and really helps you to understand everyday maths.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great guide 17 Sep 2013
By Binky21
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So pleased I bought this guide, I've had a fear of Mathis for years and never really got to grips with it at all, I'm slowly going through the book in my own time, no pressure to get things right!!!
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