Reaction to Mike Rose’s “At Last”

Rose’s article, along with the entire focus on workplace literacies, is very interesting to me and also relates closely with topics discussed in my “Technology is Society” class.  The idea of workplace literacy varies from place to place.  Where one company may utilize the same strategies from generation to generation, another may often introduce new technologies and literacies and discover new and innovative ways of accomplishing tasks.  No matter the level of education or training a person has for a certain career type, once entering the workforce, each company practices different methods and ways of doing things.  A person may have 30 years experience with one company, but then move to a new company that does basically the same thing and have no idea of where to begin.  Communication and sharing of common literacies among employees and management  is crucial to organization and success.

I view literacy in the workplace as a progressive learning process.  Rose’s idea of literacy in numbers, graphics, and languages somewhat reiterates this theory.  It seems as though he is stating in order to comprehend and communicate graphically, one must be able to understand numbers, and understand both to communicate through writing.

This article is difficult to respond to, but what I am attempting to convey is that “literacy” differs from workplace to workplace and must be learned and acquired.

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One Response to Reaction to Mike Rose’s “At Last”

  1. kehauman says:

    It didn’t come across to me that you were having any trouble responding, Kyle – this is great. I love that you’re making connections to another class you’ve had. I’d encourage you to draw out those connections even more if you’d like. Were there texts from that class that might be of use in your paper for this class? What similar concepts or discussions are you calling to mind here? Might you share those with the rest of us? I really like what you’re noting here about the relearning and retraining people must constantly do to keep up with workplace literacies, especially if they change jobs.

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