The literacy and numeracy 'crisis' in Australian workplaces: discursive rhetoric vs. production floor realities

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


The dominant discourse on adult literacy and numeracy in Australia sees the federal government, industry, workforce skills agencies and the media speaking with one voice on the 'crisis' involving workers' low literacy and numeracy skills. Underpinning this discourse are the Australian results of the international Adult Literacy and Life Skills Survey (ALLS) which are used to model correlations between low literacy/numeracy levels and productivity. In turn, these correlations are deemed to have implications for the competitiveness of individual enterprises and the prosperity of the nation...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Industry; Literacy; Numeracy; Employment; Performance; Skills and knowledge

Keywords: Workplace; Productivity; Basic skill

Geographic subjects: Australia; Oceania

Published: Abingdon, England: Taylor and Francis, 2015

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Also called: The literacy and numeracy 'crisis' in Australian workplaces: discursive rhetoric versus production floor realities

Journal volume: 28

Journal number: 6

Journal date: December 2015

Pages: pp. 607-630

ISSN: 1363-9080, 1469-9435 (online)

Resource type: Article

Peer reviewed: Yes

Document number: TD/TNC 122.1118

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