NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
PDF on ERIC Download full text
ERIC Number: EJ788784
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Apr
Pages: 16
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 21
ISSN: ISSN-0311-6999
Knowing a World in Common: The Role of Workplace Educators in the Global Production of Working Knowledge
Farrell, Lesley
Australian Educational Researcher, v30 n1 p3-18 Apr 2003
In this paper I am concerned with the challenge workplace learners and educators face, as they engage with global economies, to create "a world in common as . . . known in common" (Smith 1999). I focus first on why global companies need their geographically dispersed workers to engage with a world "in common", and how they go about constructing such a world. I pay particular attention to the role of written texts in connecting individual local sites with global discourses of knowledge production. Next, I explore the roles that workplace educators play in producing and interpreting the written texts of contemporary workplaces to produce "working knowledge". I develop the argument that a critical dimension of the work of many workplace educators is the standardisation of language practice across institutions on a global scale, mediating local and global discourses to produce and use working knowledge. Finally, I discuss the political implications of the textual work that workplace educators undertake.
Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE). P.O. Box 71, Coldstream, Victoria 3770, Australia. Tel: +61-0359-649-031; Fax: +61-0359-649-586; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A