Common European Numeracy Framework

Duration: December 1st, 2018 – July 31st, 2021
Involved professor: Paul Drijvers
Involved researchers: Kees Hoogland, Mieke van Groenestijn
Involved courses: IA, ITT

Target and target group

The development of a Common European Numeracy Framework for teachers and volunteers of numeracy courses, the institutes which provide these courses, policy makers and politicians. Another ouput is a set of professional development modules for teachers and volunteers who work in numeracy education.

Relevance for professions and society

Low numeracy levels are an important social problem. Over 1 million individuals in the Netherlands  alone are limited in the fulfilment of their capacity by a lack of practical insights in numbers, numerical information and reasoning based on numbers. Creating a Common European Numeracy Framework contributes to the awareness of this problem. 

Relevance for education

The project opens up the discussion on which content is relevant for mathematics lessons in primary education and  secondary (vocational) education. A reconsideration of the current limited focus on small problems with right/wrong answers is slowly taking shape.


  • HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht, The Netherlands
  • University of Barcelona, Spain
  • University of Limerick, Ireland
  • BFI Oberösterreich Linz, Austria


  • A Common European Numeracy Framework
  • Professional development modules for practitioners in numeracy course


The outputs of the project will be presented on many international conferences all around Europe. The professional developments modules will be made available on-line by an open access MOOC.

Research group on Mathematics Education

About the research group