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This book is designed to help individuals be aware of how much mathematics is used at work. It is designed to help trainers decide what to do if workers need help to improve their mathematics skills. An introduction looks at mathematics as it is used at work by discussing how it is used on the job. The book discusses the problems for workers with poor mathematics skills and, in particular, for workers of a non-English-speaking background. The next section presents examples from Australia that show people using mathematics as they work. The samples are reproduced exactly as they are used on the job and include some workers' own methods of keeping track of numbers. The specific workplaces are as follows: boot manufacturer, clothing manufacturer, laundry, and shoe manufacturer. The next section focuses on two contexts in which math is commonly used: quality management and stock control. The section with trainers' notes lists some considerations for a trainer: possible effects of making assumptions, cultural groups, and methods of training. A resources section lists sources and titles of print materials and of research organizations for further information. (YLB)

Descriptors: Adult Vocational Education, Education Work Relationship, Foreign Countries, Job Skills, Limited English Speaking, Manufacturing, Manufacturing Industry, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Skills, Numeracy

Autor: Wallace, Midge


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