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ERIC Number: EJ1068207
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
Doing Mathematics in the Workplace: A Brief Review of Selected Literature
FitzSimons, Gail E.
Adults Learning Mathematics, v8 n1 p7-19 Apr 2013
The aim of this review of selected literature on research into mathematics in the workplace is to offer researchers from the field of adult mathematics education an opportunity to become more familiar with this specialised area. In recent years much progress has been made, building on earlier research, but with increasingly nuanced understandings. In particular, sociocultural activity theory has played an important role, and several articles reviewed here have drawn on this theory. Their focus has been on gaining a comprehensive understanding of what workers actually do involving aspects of mathematics, set in the rich context of a functioning workplace. This encompasses taking account of workplace artefacts (technological & otherwise), various forms of communication (verbal & non-verbal), different forms of skills, and even the concept of boundary crossing; most importantly, how workers learn.
Descriptors: Literature Reviews, Workplace Learning, Mathematics Education, Adult Education, Problem Solving, Computer Assisted Design, Manufacturing, Telecommunications, Operations Research, Pharmaceutical Education, Equipment Evaluation, Equipment Utilization, Financial Services, Education Work Relationship, Manufacturing Industry, Educational Research, Educational Practices
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
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