Young workers and their dispositions towards mathematics: tensions of a mathematical habitus in the retail industry

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Title Young workers and their dispositions towards mathematics: tensions of a mathematical habitus in the retail industry
Author Jorgensen, Robyn Levenia
Journal Name Educational Studies in Mathematics
Year Published 2011
Place of publication Netherlands
Publisher Springer
Abstract This paper presents a case study of contemporary retail industry and the ways in which young workers participate in that field. Public perceptions of low numeracy among young people provided the catalyst for the study. Drawing on a mixed-method approach involving survey, case studies, stimulated recall, observations, and interviews, it was found that young workers approach their numeracy in ways that have been shaped by their experiences, in particular, digital experiences. In contrast, older generations hold different views of young people's numeracy levels and skills, often perceiving them as poor and deficit. The study challenges the orthodoxy of older generations and argues that young workers have developed new ways of working, which align strongly with the postindustrial workplace. As a result, there are considerable tensions between the generations which need to be considered. The paper uses the work of Bourdieu and draws on his notions of habitus, field, and capital to theorize the outcomes.
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Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10649-010-9267-0
Copyright Statement Copyright 2011 Springer Netherlands. This is an electronic version of an article published in Educational Studies in Mathematics, Volume 76, Number 1, 87-100. Educational Studies in Mathematics is available online at: http://www.springerlink.com/ with the open URL of your article.
Volume 76
Issue Number 1
Page from 87
Page to 100
ISSN 0013-1954
Date Accessioned 2011-01-28
Language en_AU
Research Centre Griffith Institute for Educational Research
Faculty Arts, Education and Law
Subject PRE2009-Curriculum Studies: Mathematics Education
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/39593
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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