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Publication Conference Paper, peer reviewed
Title Researching workers' mathematics at work
Author(s) Wedege, Tine
Date 2010
English abstract
School knowledge versus everyday knowledge – such as workplace knowledge – is a fundamental issue in mathematics education. Mathematics is integrated within workplace activities and often hidden in technology: mathematical elements are subsumed into routines, structured by mediating artefacts (e.g., texts, tools) and integrated in workers’ competences. The so-called “transfer” of mathematics between school and workplace – and vice versa – is not straightforward. However, as a discourse of education, lifelong learning assumes that learning takes place in all spheres of life. This paper discusses terminological and methodological issues related to reversing the one-way assumption from school knowledge to workplace knowledge and to learn from workplace activity what might be appropriate for adult vocational education. It is argued that any working model for researching the dynamics of workers’ mathematics in work and for school has to combine a general approach – starting with demands from the labour market and school mathematics – and a subjective approach starting with the individual’s needs and competences in work. The discussion is based on previous research in the workplace and is a part of an international research project which will analyze and understand adults’ mathematics-containing work competences complementing studies of mathematical qualifications in formal vocational education.
Publisher Centro Internacional de Matemática, Lisbon
Host/Issue EIMI 2010 Conference: Educational interfaces between mathematic s and industry. Proceedings, Lisbon — April, 19–23, Portugal
ISBN 978-1-933223-64-2
Pages 565-574
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) mathematics at work
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Research Subject Categories::MATHEMATICS
Note EIMI 2010 Conference: Educational interfaces between mathematic s and industry. Proceedings, Lisbon — April, 19–23, Portugal
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/10028 (link to this page)
Link http://eimi.mathdir.org/ (external link to related web page)

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