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ERIC Number: EJ1093510
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 26
ISSN: ISSN-0306-9885
"In Reality, I Motivate Myself!". "Low-Skilled' Workers" Motivation: Between Individual and Societal Narratives
Mariager-Anderson, Kristina; Cort, Pia; Thomsen, Rie
British Journal of Guidance & Counselling, v44 n2 p171-184 2016
"Education, education, education" has been a mantra in transnational and national policies since the mid-1990s: everybody has to take part in learning activities throughout their lives in order to stay employable. Hereby lifelong learning establishes a dividing practice between active and inactive lifelong learners constituting the latter as a "problem". The EU call is to make people active, with an underlying assumption of people not being motivated. This article explores how one such "inactive" group, low-skilled workers, narrates motivation for learning, work and other activities through a work life span. On the basis of the Self-Determination Theory, we argue that low-skilled workers are active and motivated; however, their motivational orientation may not be towards what is considered productive activities.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Denmark