@inbook{bc2f0bf03d9940c5a17f0d25d6248026,

title = "Mathematics in the Workplace: Issues and Challenges",

abstract = "In political and educational debate, there is contrary opinion about the mathematical needs of employees. Several influential studies report that, apart from recognizing the need for a small layer of {\textquoteleft}symbolic analysts{\textquoteright} (Reich 1992), employers do not prioritize mathematical skills (e.g., Department of Labor 1991). In the contrary direction, there are studies in economics and educational policy, which assert that a mathematically literate population is crucial for the economic future of developed countries (Steen 2001; Wolf 2002; Confederation of British Industry 2008). How can this apparent contradiction be understood? We suggest that the contradiction arises from a confusion about what constitutes mathematics and consequently, how mathematical skills are identified (FitzSimons 2002).",

author = "C. Hoyles and R. Noss and P. Kent and A. Bakker",

year = "2013",

doi = "10.1007/978-3-319-02270-3_4",

language = "English",

isbn = "978-3-319-02269-7",

series = "New ICMI study series",

publisher = "Springer",

number = "16",

pages = "43--50",

editor = "A. Damlamian and J.F. Rodrigues and R. Str{\"a}sser",

booktitle = "Educational interfaces between mathematics and industry : report on an ICMI-ICIAM-study",

}