Investigating the ‘crisis’: production workers’ literacy and numeracy practices

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Author: Black, Stephen; Yasukawa, Keiko; Brown, Tony


Results from the Adult Literacy and Life Skills Survey conducted by the Australian Bureau of Statistics have been used to suggest there is a crisis in the literacy and numeracy skills of Australian adults. This study challenges this current view by looking at the issue from a worker’s perspective. Production workers, together with their managers and trainers, from three manufacturing companies were interviewed and observed. Little evidence of a direct link between increasing literacy and numeracy skills of workers and improved productivity was found.

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Subjects: Employment; Skills and knowledge; Literacy; Numeracy; Outcomes; Performance; Industry; Research; Workforce development

Keywords: Employees; Skill development; Workplace education and training; Workplace learning

Geographic subjects: Oceania; Australia

Published: Adelaide, South Australia: NCVER, 2013

Physical description: 43 p.

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ISBN: 9781922056573

Resource type: Report

Call number: TD/TNC 112.16

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