Learning numeracy on the job: A case study of chemical handling and spraying

Gail E. Fitzsimons, Susan Mlcek, Oksana Hull, Claire Wright

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report (public)


to the workplace, or from one work context to another.In fact, a substantial body of research evidence demonstrates that such skill transfer is achieved only with difficulty, and that numeracy skills are highly context-dependent. This research therefore sought to investigate actual tasks demanding numeracy skills at a range of work sites in a number of industries.The research involved a literature review and documentary analysis in relation to legislation,training package common units and the National Reporting System. Empirical work involved 13 case studies of enterprises in New South Wales and Victoria, all of which used chemicals extensively. Industries selected included rural production, amenity horticulture, local government,outdoor recreation and warehousing.
Original languageEnglish
Commissioning bodyVOCED (National Centre for Vocational Education Research)
Number of pages34
Publication statusPublished - 2005


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