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About David (Dave) Tout

BSc, DipEd, BEd, CertIVTrain&Assess, AdvDipLanguage, Lit & Num PracVET
Dave Tout is Senior Research Fellow, Numeracy & Mathematics in the Tertiary & Vocational Assessment Services unit at the Australian Council for Educational Research. He joined ACER in 2008, and has worked on a number of projects including online Adult Literacy and Numeracy Assessment Tools for the Tertiary Education Commission in New Zealand and for the Australian Government; the numeracy component of the international Programme in Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC); the development of online literacy and numeracy assessment tools for disengaged young people and for adults for ACER; and helped co-ordinate the mathematical literacy item development component of PISA 2012. He has also worked on a range of state and national curriculum and standards related projects related to youth and adult education and regularly runs professional development workshops related to the teaching and learning of numeracy and mathematics. Dave is currently the Chair of the Numeracy Expert Group for Cycle2 of PIAAC, which will be conducted internationally in 2021 and 2022.

Dave has had over 40 years’ experience in the education sector and has worked within a range of programs in schools, TAFEs, adult community education providers, university, AMES and industry. He has had wide experience not only in teaching and training, but also in working at a state, national and international level in research, curriculum, assessment and materials development.


Present Senior Research Fellow, Numeracy & Mathematics in the Vocational, Adult and Workplace Education Services unit, Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER)

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Contact Information

Australian Council for Educational Research
19 Prospect Hill Rd,
Camberwell, VIC, Australia 3124
T: +61 3 9277 5555
F: +61 3 9277 5500


Refereed Articles (5)

Reports (6)

Books (15)