Doing, Thinking, Teaching and Learning Numeracy on the Job: An Activity Approach to Research into Chemical Spraying and Handling

Gail E. FitzSimons, Susan Mlcek

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Abstract

In this paper we discuss our recently completed National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) project. Between us we visited 12 work sites encompassing five industries in New South Wales and Victoria. We interviewed supervisory and operative staff, collected artefacts relevant to the numeracy of chemical spraying and handling, and made ethnographic observations. Through our data collection and analysis, we became aware of the complexities involved in actual practice, even though the calculations themselves were relatively straightforward. These complexities were strongly related to the notion of 'joint practice', workplace culture, context, and history. Drawing upon a sociocultural and historical activity theory foundation, the paper will discuss the research process, findings, analysis, and the implications for teaching and learning numeracy in the workplace as well as in institutional settings.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 12th Annual International Conference on Post-compulsory Education and Training
EditorsJean Searle, Charlie McKavanagh, Dick Roebuck
Place of PublicationBrisbane
PublisherAustralian Academic Press
Pages149-156
Number of pages8
Volume1 & 2
ISBN (Electronic)1875378545
Publication statusPublished - 2004
EventInternational Conference on Post-compulsory Education and Training - Gold Coast, Australia, Australia
Duration: 01 Nov 2004 → …

Conference

ConferenceInternational Conference on Post-compulsory Education and Training
CountryAustralia
Period01/11/04 → …

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    FitzSimons, G. E., & Mlcek, S. (2004). Doing, Thinking, Teaching and Learning Numeracy on the Job: An Activity Approach to Research into Chemical Spraying and Handling. In J. Searle, C. McKavanagh, & D. Roebuck (Eds.), Proceedings of the 12th Annual International Conference on Post-compulsory Education and Training (Vol. 1 & 2, pp. 149-156). Australian Academic Press.