Developing numeracy in the Workplace.

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dc.contributor.author Wedege, Tine
dc.contributor.author FitzSimons, Gail E.
dc.date.accessioned 2008-01-03T14:46:16Z
dc.date.available 2008-01-03T14:46:16Z
dc.date.issued 2007
dc.identifier.issn 1104-2176 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2043/4970
dc.description.abstract Internationally, adult literacy and numeracy are in general recognized as cultural techniques. However, the meaning of the two competences and the means of their development are contested among politicians, education bureaucrats, and researchers. Numeracy is often subsumed under literacy and/or described in isolation from the situational context. Adult numeracy at work is often described unproblematically as the transfer of mathematical knowledges and skills from school to workplace. With reference to Bernstein’s theoretical framework, we claim that adult numeracy in the labour market is a horizontal discourse, in contrast to the vertical discourse of mathematics. This article draws on the findings from an Australian study of numeracy in the context of chemical spraying and handling, utilising a methodology based on activity theory. The main findings are that mathematically straightforward skills become transformed into workplace numeracy competence, when the complexities associated with successful task completion as well as the supportive role of mediating artefacts and the workplace community of practice are taken into account. en
dc.format.extent 18
dc.language.iso eng en
dc.publisher NCM, Nomad, Göteborg Universitet en
dc.subject Adult numeracy en
dc.subject workplace learning en
dc.subject activity theory en
dc.subject chemical spraying and handling en
dc.subject.classification Humanities/Social Sciences en
dc.title Developing numeracy in the Workplace. en
dc.type Article, peer reviewed scientific en
dc.contributor.department Malmö University. School of Teacher Education
dc.contributor.department Malmö University. Natural Science, Mathematics and Society (NMS)
dc.subject.srsc Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES en
dc.subject.srsc Research Subject Categories::MATHEMATICS en
dc.relation.ispartofpublication Nordic Studies in Mathematics Education;1 en
dc.relation.ispartofpublicationvolume 12
dc.format.ePage 66
dc.format.sPage 49
mahlocal.rights.oaType green
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