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ERIC Number: EJ768803
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jul
Pages: 17
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-0158-037X
Experiencing the Workplace: Shaping Worker Identities through Assessment, Work and Learning
Timma, Hilary
Studies in Continuing Education, v29 n2 p163-179 Jul 2007
This paper explores how worker identities are shaped (and reshaped) in the workplace through the interconnected experiences of assessment, work and learning. Drawing on a study conducted at three food production companies in regional Victoria, the paper locates these workplace experiences as social constructions and considers the significance of embodied learning (that is, the learning that transpires from the 'doing' of the task) in constructing identity. Individuals in the study express themselves most comfortably and readily through their actions, on the job and in the performative assessment experience. This embodied learning, which reflects the sociality of workplace activity, has the capacity to contribute to these workers' sense of self (their identities) and also to inform the ways in which assessment is viewed, reformed and practised in their workplaces.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia