Resources and articles authored by Multifangled staff

Dave Tout and Jan Hagston have been authors or co-authors of a wide range of other resources. Here are just a few:


Consumer Stuff: Maths resource book (2011)

Maths-ConsumerStuffby Dave Tout, Maria Santburn, Lee Kindler, Monica Bini, Robert Money

Revised in 2011 to take a more hands on and applied learning approach, the Consumer Affairs Victoria Maths resource book focuses on life skills that enable young people to become smart consumers. Topics covered in the maths resource include budgeting, paying household bills, buying a car, understanding how credit cards and home loans work, money and gambling, and the nature of chance.  Activities are linked to VELS and the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL).

Download from our website.


Measuring up: an interactive multimedia computer resource for numeracy learners (1997)

by Dave Tout and Beth Marr

An interactive online resource with activities based on real-life applications of measurement in contexts such as shopping, sport and cooking. Covers fractions, scales, decimals and metric units.

It teaches using integrated modelling/demonstration and practice activities and includes thirteen applied assessment tasks.

Published by Protea Textware.


Rethinking Assessment: Strategies for Holistic Adult Numeracy Assessment

By Beth Marr, Sue Holme and Dave Tout

Rethinking Assessment is both a practical and theoretical resource. It discusses key assessment issues, provides a bank of models of good practice in assessment and demonstrates how holistic assessment can be undertaken within the assessment criteria of accredited frameworks. Suggested observation and recording sheets are included where appropriate and samples of student responses are discussed.

Originally published by Language Australia in 2003.

Download from our website.


SAFE-T1 Starter – resources for young workers and their teachers (2011)

SAFE-T1-Starter2by Jan Hagston, Linnet Hunter and Lee Kindler

The SAFE-T1 Starter contains a sample of the print-based teaching activities found on the SAFE-T1 website. The activities focus on awareness and knowledge of occupational health and safety (OHS) and are aligned to the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL).



 SAFE-T1: workplace health and safety resources for young workers and their teachers (2009 – 2011)

website_screengrab_transThe SAFE-T1 website has information about occupational health and safety and a range of teaching and learning resources including print-based resources that can be downloaded, on-line activities, film clips and more.

The teaching and learning resources aim to develop an awareness of OHS through a range of activities that also develop literacy, numeracy and generic skills. The resources are aligned to the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL).


VicRoads VCAL Road Safety Units (2006, updated 2011 and 2012)

by Jan Hagston, Dave Tout and Lee Kindler

These 11 units combine different aspects of road safety with literacy, numeracy and generic skills such as problem solving and working in teams. Each unit contains activity outlines with comprehensive guidance to teachers, worksheets and assessment record proformas.  Each activity is aligned with the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL).

Published by VicRoads, the units are available to download.


Dave Tout

A 10 part series on real-world maths in Teacher Magazine

Browse Dave’s publications.

Jan Hagston

“A basic education curriculum for adults and adolescents” 2000, VATME Newsletter, No.95,
Apr/May, pp.14-15
“Assessment: A Balancing Act” 2007, (with D. Tout) in Assessment Practices in Adult Basic
Education, Grassroots Press, Edmonton, Canada.
“Benefits of literacy skills: exploring the International Adult Literacy Survey data.” 2003, Literacy
Link, Vol.23 no.1, Feb.
“Benefits of literacy skills: exploring the International Adult Literacy Survey data.” 2003, Australian
Language Matters, Vol.11 no.2,
“Beside the whiteboard: Sweden’s unique folk high schools”, 2000, Fine Print, Vol.23 no.1,
Autumn. pp.34-35
“Folk high schools – an important part of adult education in Sweden”, 2000, ARIS Resources
Bulletin, Vol. 11 no 2, p: 1-3
“Literacy and Industry”, 1991, (with Tout, D), CATALPA Bulletin, Vol.1 no.2.
“Literacy, literacy education and ICTs, particularly the internet”, 2004, Australian Language and
Literacy Matters, Vol 1, no 1
“SAFE-T1: Resources for young workers and their teachers“, 2011, Australian Career
Practitioner, Vol 22 Issue 4, Summer 2011, p. 18
“The internet in learning literacy: are you game?” 2005. Fine Print, vol. 21, no. 1
Transforming lives, transforming communities: a conceptual framework for further education.
Information sheet, 2000, Adult Education Resource and Information Service (ARIS)
Language Australia, Melbourne.