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ERIC Number: EJ777347
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Sep
Pages: 21
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 35
ISSN: ISSN-1363-9080
Distance and Contradictory Motives in Distributed Workplace Learning for a New Profession
Wiredu, Gamel O.
Journal of Education and Work, v20 n4 p357-377 Sep 2007
In this article, I explain the practical learning challenges in distributed workplace learning (WL) that are engendered by distance and contradictory motives between distributed instructors. I draw lessons from an empirical study of the institution of a new profession in the British National Health Service that was operationalised through distributed WL. The practical learning challenges are explained from an activity-theoretical perspective to show the need for balance between work practice outcomes on the one hand, and theoretical and accreditation outcomes of learning on the other hand. I argue that the practical learning challenges in distributed WL are rooted in: (1) multiple sources of instructions and remote separation of instructors; (2) pervasive and stronger contradictions between instructors' motives; and (3) the coercion of learners' core participation towards outcomes of practical learning by immediate (or local) instructors. I propose, further, that reducing the strength of contradictions between distributed instructors and increasing the co-presence of the distant instructor are worthy strategies for managing distributed WL. (Contains 1 note, 1 table, and 7 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom