ERIC Number: ED478141
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Apr-10
Reference Count: N/A
Co-Participatory Practices at Work. NALL Working Paper.
Billett, Stephen; Barker, Michelle; Hernon-Tinning, Bernie
The reciprocal process of engaging in and learning through work was examined. Reciprocity between how workplaces invite individuals to participate in and learn through work (its invitational qualities) and individuals' engagement in the workplace was proposed as a means of understanding how learning through work proceeds. Workplaces' invitational qualities were shown to be shaped by workplace norms and practice and by affiliations (for example, cliques, associations, occupational groupings, and employment status) and to be frequently characterized by inequitable distribution. The distribution of and access to opportunities for practice were shown to be directed toward sustaining the work practice and/or the interests of particular individuals and groups who participate in it. These reciprocal processes of participation in workplace were illustrated through an analysis of the participatory practices of three workers--a union worker, a grief counselor, and a school-based information technology consultant--over a 6-month period. The work of all three individuals was examined through the lens of an analytical framework comprising categories of activities and interdependencies. In all three cases, there was evidence of exercise of individuals' agency in shaping the organization of their work and evidence of new learning opportunities arising from events that were structured by workplace practices and leading to significant new learning. (Contains 34 references.) (MN)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Adult Education, Adult Learning, Education Work Relationship, Educational Environment, Educational Opportunities, Employment Practices, Environmental Influences, Foreign Countries, Learning Motivation, Learning Processes, Learning Theories, Lifelong Learning, Literature Reviews, Organizational Culture, Participation, Vocational Adjustment, Work Environment
For full text:http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/depts/sese/csew/nall/new/Billett .pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Ottawa (Ontario).
Authoring Institution: Ontario Inst. for Studies in Education, Toronto. New Approaches to Lifelong Learning.
Identifiers - Location: Canada