Learning mathematically as social practice in a workplace setting

Hudson, Brian (2008) Learning mathematically as social practice in a workplace setting. In: Watson, Ann and Winbourne, Peter (eds.) New directions for situated cognition in mathematics education. Mathematics Education Library, 45 . Springer US, New York, pp. 287-301. ISBN 9780387715773

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This chapter reports on a small-scale case study involving 15-16 year old secondary school students participating in a vocational module under the General National Vocational Qualification (GNVQ) scheme that operated in England during the late 1990s. The development was a pilot study involving experience in the workplace in a small-scale light engineering context. An initial aim of the study was to explore the potential of the setting for the development of numeracy practices. The theoretical framework adopted is based on a social perspective on learning and a view of learning mathematically as social practice. Of particular interest were the differences between everyday and school mathematical practices. The analysis focuses on differences in the practices between the settings of workplace and school in particular. Finally issues to emerge from this study are discussed in relation to the wider context of policy and practice. These include issues of relevance, questions of purpose, learner confidence and approaches to assessment in mathematics.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: social practice learning mathematically workplace learning vocational education relevance of mathematics purpose in mathematics learner confidence assessment
Schools and Departments: School of Education and Social Work > Education
Subjects: L Education
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1025 Teaching (Principles and practice)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1603 Secondary education. High schools
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Depositing User: Shaun Billing
Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2012 09:22
Last Modified: 26 Nov 2012 09:22
URI: http://srodev.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/42969
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