The numeracies of boatbuilding: New numeracies shaped by workplace technologies

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Title The numeracies of boatbuilding: New numeracies shaped by workplace technologies
Author Jorgensen, Robyn Levenia; Zevenbergen, Kelly
Journal Name International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education
Year Published 2009
Place of publication Netherlands
Publisher Springer Netherlands
Abstract Within increasing pressure on young people to perform successfully in work, there is a growing concern regarding their levels of numeracy (and literacy). Whether such concerns are founded is the basis of this paper. This paper reports on the numeracy practices undertaken by three young boatbuilders who were nearing the completion of their 4-year apprenticeship. Using a method of stimulated recall and supplemented with interview data, the numeracy practices enacted by the boatbuilders was documented. It was found that the employees were highly competent in a number of areas-estimation, problem solving, holistic thinking and measuring (formal and informal). These skills are at variance with the basic skills being called for by public and government. It is proposed that the numeracy skills used by the employees may represent significant changes in workplaces being brought about through new technologies, and thus creating new and different numeracy demands from those of previous generations. © National Science Council, Taiwan 2007.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10763-007-9104-9
Volume 7
Issue Number 1
Page from 183
Page to 206
ISSN 1571-0068
Date Accessioned 2010-05-07
Date Available 2010-10-22T07:06:36Z
Language en_AU
Research Centre Griffith Institute for Educational Research
Faculty Faculty of Education
Subject Curriculum and Pedagogy
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/30662
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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