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Quantitative Literacy

Example from 1st year Law

(critically reading a text)

Law students are introduced to the Grootboom case in their first-year Constitutional Law course.

Even this very brief extract from the judgment contains a number of tricky quantitative concepts such as:

  • 111% increase
  • compounding effect of consecutive percentage increases
  • growth rates.

Many students have difficulty with quantitative concepts in context, so are challenged when required to explain the meaning of the last paragraph.