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Improving work processes by making the invisible visible

Bakker, A; Hoyles, C; Noss, R; Kent, P; (2006) Improving work processes by making the invisible visible. Journal of Education and Work , 19 pp. 343-361. 10.1080/13639080600867133. Green open access

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Abstract

Increasingly, companies are taking part in process improvement programmes, which brings about a growing need for employees to interpret and act on data representations. We have carried out case studies in a range of companies to identify the existence and need of what we call Techno-mathematical Literacies (TmL): functional mathematical knowledge mediated by tools and grounded in the context of specific work situations. Based on data gathered from a large biscuit manufacturing and packaging company, we focus our analysis here on semiotic mediation within activity systems and identify two sets of related TmL: the first concerns rendering some invisible aspects visible through the production of mathematical signs; the second concerns developing meanings for action from an interpretation of these signs. We conclude with some more general observations concerning the role that mathematical signs play in the workplace. The need

Type: Article
Title: Improving work processes by making the invisible visible
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/13639080600867133
Additional information: This is an electronic version of an article published in Bakker, Arthur and Hoyles, Celia and Noss, Richard and Kent, Phillip (2006) Improving work processes by making the invisible visible. Journal of Education and Work, 19 (4). pp. 343-361. Journal of Education and Work is available online at: http://www.informaworld.com/10.1080/13639080600867133
Keywords: Adults, Workplace, Skills development, Cross-national, Numeracy
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Culture, Communication and Media
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1515623
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