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.